Today is a short piece on foods that give you a little mood pick-me-up, or ‘happy foods’. This piece is from Self Magazine:
Eat to Beat the blues
Carbs There’s a good reason that a plate of pasta happy makes you happy. Carbohydrates help increase concentrations of the neurotransmitter serotonin in your blood, low levels of which are linked to depression. In fact, a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine reveals that following a high-carb, lowfat diet for a year made people feel less angry, depressed and confused than consuming a low-carb diet for the same length of time. Feed your noodle with a sweet potato or 1/2 cup whole-wheat pasta.
This is also why comfort foods are usually heavy carb foods, like macaroni and cheese, breads and other starchy foods. The more carbohydrates you consume, the more serotonin gets leaked into your blood. Of course there is a downside to so many carbs, excessive sugar build-ups, which can lead to weight gain. If you want a happy-food boost, but don’t want all the carbs in your diet you can also add beans to your meals. Beans will also give you a little protein boost great for maintaining muscle mass. Continuing Self Magazine’s article:
Black-eyed peas All legumes—black-eyed peas in particular—deliver folate. “All of the B vitamins, including folate, are involved in the development of new brain cells and have been shown to help brain cells transfer information faster,” Somer says. This might make it easier to react to whatever your day throws at you. Get down with 1/2 cup of black-eyed peas, black beans or kidney beans per day; serve them with 3 oz organic chicken, which offers B6 and B12.