What You Eat Can Resemble How You Feel: Study

Your mental health can get influenced by what you really eat, says Lina Begdache, assistant professor of health and wellness studies at Binghamton University. It may though vary depending upon your age and gender. The author has been examining this link between food and mood habits in her studies.

What you eat can have a big impact on your mental health, and it varies according to your age and gender, according to Lina Begdache, assistant professor of health and wellness studies at Binghamton University. She is the author of several studies examining the link between diet and mental health.

‘It is also believed that men are more likely to experience mental well-being until nutritional deficiencies arise, while women are less likely to experience mental well-being until they achieve a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.’


For example, young adults and mature adults actually require different food to improve their mental health.

“Mood in young adults (18-29) seems to be dependent on food that increases the availability of neurotransmitter precursors and concentrations in the brain (meat),” said Begdache. “However, the mood in mature adults (over 30 years) may be more reliant on food that increases the availability of antioxidants (fruits) and abstinence of food that inappropriately activates the sympathetic nervous system (coffee, high glycemic index and skipping breakfast).”

Along with age, said Begdache, food also affects mood in women and men differently. Men are more likely to experience mental well-being until nutritional deficiencies arise, while women are less likely to experience mental well-being until they achieve a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

Source: Newswise