We all know that food is fuel. It provides energy and keeps us moving. But did you know its power doesn’t stop there? There is a proven link between healthy eating and mood.
Food science studies the correlation between food, mood, and overall health. It seeks to pinpoint specific chemical and physiological changes occurring in the brain based upon the uptake of certain vitamins and minerals.
Regular consumption of lean meats, such as turkey and chicken, stabilizes blood sugar and provides tryptophan which the body uses to make serotonin. If they’re eaten with whole-grain bread, even better. Its complex carbohydrates reinforce blood sugar which keeps the positive effect going even longer.
Most pasta is made from semolina and farina. These simple carbohydrates spike, and then plummet, blood sugar resulting in lethargy and a feeling sadness. And the pasta sauce generally has added sugar which doubles the effect.
Consuming fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, and sardines supply omega-3s which boost the brain’s mood producing chemicals–dopamine and serotonin. Therefore, many health professionals suggest the consumption of these fish to help ease mild to moderate depression.
Dark, leafy greens contain vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and phytochemicals. Each of these components helps to eliminate inflammation. And according to a study published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, inflammation may play a major role in the incidence of mood disorders.
Healthy eating for healthy moods and happy families
Food choices are something easily corrected. Better overall health is definitely a selling point and enhanced mood is just as welcomed. For grandparents, these important matters go beyond ourselves. We want to enjoy good health for the sake of our loved ones.
Our grandchildren will undoubtedly want spaghetti, pancakes, and pizza. We can slip in the meatballs, whole-grain pancakes and chicken as a topping. If we can serve up salmon, we’ve really scored.
Meaningful times together rely on more than just tickets and sleepovers. We can set an example of proper nutrition and help aim for good foods, for good moods. And enjoy a happy and healthy family for years to come.