Can The Food You Eat Affect Your Mood?

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There are many theories behind the connection of foods consumed by humans and their moods followed by the consumption. One that stands out most is that the affects of vitamins and chemicals in the human body cause changes in their moods and behaviors. This literature review takes a journey in this world, and informs the reader about the connections between foods and moods, and ways to use this knowledge to their advantage. The articled used in this literature review are: Can the Food You Eat Affect Your Mood? By Mercola, How Food Affects Your Mood, You Are What You Eat, and last but not least Your Brain on Food by McQuillan. These articles contain information on the relationship between different types of food and different types of moods,…show more content…
This ideology of him helped him support his point of the major affects of food on our physical and mental health. He believed that foods such as sugar, gluten, and processed foods, could bring a persons mood down; however foods like dark chocolate, protein, bananas, coffee, turmeric, berries, and animal based omega-3 fats were types of foods that could help enhance a persons mood. He anticipated this connection was apparent not only after food is consumed but also “over time, as [the person’s] diet helps to shape [their] mental health from inside out” (Mercola, 2014). This article made some good quality points on the relationship between food and mood, but it did not really take a deep scientific outlook on it (Mercola, 2014).
The article Your Brain on Food, by McQuillan, outlines some other aspects of the relationship between foods and moods. McQuillan takes a more scientific approach by suggesting that the brain, and the body are connected when it comes to food. They are constantly signaling each other about how hungry or full this person is, he also says how different tastes cause different signals to be sent from one to the other. This different signals sent by different tastes are the causation behind different moods, emotions, and feelings. McQuillan also pointed out that “chemicals called neurotransmitters carry these messaged from one brain cell to another and throughout [a person’s]
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