FOOD AND MOOD
Food is the substance we put into our bodies in the largest quantity, so it makes sense that what we eat affects how we feel. A study in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that food really does influence mood, and poorer quality diets are linked to some common problems which are affecting millions of women.
In a sample of over 1,000 women, 20 to 93 years old, researchers investigated the association between different dietary styles—traditional, Western, and modern—and symptoms of depression and anxiety.
• Traditional diets comprised of vegetables, fruit, beef, lamb, fish, and whole grain foods.
• Western diets were characterized by processed meats, pizza, chips, hamburgers, white bread, sugar, flavored milk drinks, and beer.
• Modern diets consisted of fruits, salads, fish, tofu, beans, nuts, yogurt, and red wine
Guess which one gave the best results for balanced mood?
The Traditional food is best for mood!
The study found that a traditional dietary pattern was associated with a lower likelihood of depressive and anxiety disorders, whereas a Western diet was associated with a higher likelihood of psychological symptoms and disorders.
Longevity Health Center Newsletter August 2010