Health and Lifestyle for the over 50s
Facebook Pinterest

The Best Foods For Boosting Your Mood

Posted by The Best of Health
Categories: Diet & Nutrition /

DIET AND NUTRITION shutterstock_221167054

Research has revealed the various effects different foods can have on our mood, as well as highlighting which ones people tend to select as their go-to comfort foods.

Rice brand Tilda polled 2,000 people and discovered some interesting facts about their eating habits. It was found that, when seeking comfort or a mood lift, most are more likely to opt for sugary snacks than healthy ones; seven in ten women will choose something sweet and one in two men. As well as being more likely to turn to sugar in unhappy times, it was also exposed that women are more likely to offer treats such as chocolate and cake to others as a source of comfort.

Remarkably, Tilda’s survey showed that only 28% of their study group would turn to family or friends to make them feel better in times of need – a statistic which demonstrates how it is all the more important for them to choose comfort foods with solid, long-lasting benefits. Experts have pointed out that, while sweet treats may offer an initial boost, their lifting effect is only short-term.

Dietician Sarah Schenker and food psychologist Christy Fergusson assembled a list of the ten best food for mood. Beans, spinach, asparagus, salmon, rice, chickpeas and quinoa all make an appearance but it’s seeds that come out on top – more specifically, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds.

Fergusson explains which healthy ingredients are the key to an effective mood boost, saying that “to make feel-good, happy chemicals known as neurotransmitters, we need to provide our body with the right building blocks. These come in the form of amino acids that are needed to make hormones including the mood-regulating inhibitory neurotransmitter serotonin – by far one of the most important brain chemicals for determining our mood and regulating our sleep.”

Schenker adds that she finds it “shocking to see wholesome eating habits go out the window when we face a challenge in the day or a lull in a routine. This is when healthy eating is most important. We need to replace the short-lived highs we get from refined sugar and processed fat with healthy options and long-term shopping and eating habits. This starts with recognising the types of food that can provide nutritional and psychological benefits; those which are scientifically proven to balance your mood.”

When it comes to getting the best mood boost from your diet, the experts’ advice is clear: ditch the chocolate and opt for seeds, vegetables and wholegrains.

Related Posts

  • fat-burning foods

    If you’re trying to lose weight, foods with a high thermogenic effect are the kind you should be reaching for. Put simply, foods with a high thermogenic effect cause a rise in metabolic rate, which…

  • Spinach salmon and poached egg

    The day to day demands of life can leave many of us feeling drained before the day is half over. A healthy way to tackle this tiredness is to make sure you’re eating the right…

Related Topics
Posted by The Best of Health

We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By agreeing you accept the use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.

Privacy Settings saved!
Privacy Settings

When you visit any web site, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. Control your personal Cookie Services here.

These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources, so we can measure and improve the performance of our site.

In order to use this website we use the following technically required cookies
  • wordpress_test_cookie

We use Google Tag Manager to monitor our traffic and to help us AB test new features.

Decline all Services
Accept all Services
X