Are You Listening To What Foods Are Good For You?
Most of us have come to understand that we are what we eat. We have been a little less willing to agree that what we eat may affect our moods and how we behave. Scientists have now built a strong case for the relationship between what we eat and our mood.
A study recently performed by the University of California indicates that trans fats make us more aggressive. Head researcher and author of the results of the study, Beatrice Golomg told the Guardian; “Trans fats interfere with omega three metabolism – and apparently, the brain’s neurons need these essential fatty acids to keep us bright and snappy. Lack of omega three has already been linked with depression and antisocial behaviour, and according to some experts, it seems many of us post-industrialists have woefully omega-three-deficient diets. It’s not exactly ‘eat a sausage roll; punch someone,’ but down to patterns of eating.”
Studies of Food & Our Brain
The University of California is not the only research team to be observing the impact of diet on mood. Other studies have concentrated on how the brain responds when serotonin dips from stress of from lack of proper diet. These studies indicate a lack of proper serotonin levels creates a “whirlwind of uncontrollable emotions.”
Yet, this research has its contrarians. Opponents of the theory say that “correlation does not prove causation.” Skeptics suggest that people who are already angry may be inclined to dive into trans fats. To demonstrate the popular media theory, one study is often used. This study suggests that persons who eat an apple in place of a chocolate are more likely to view a violent film.
Cr. Alex Richardson of Oxford University’s Food and Behaviour Research department shared her sentiments with the Guardian. She says that these conflicting studies have the general public confused and unlikely to accept the findings of the University of California or any other study.
We Eat What We Like
“We know the UK diet that is wrecking our bodies is also bad for our brains. We have quite enough evidence, but the scientific community insists on ‘randomised controlled double-blind placebo trials’ – hard to do, particularly for long periods. Instead, we should look at the totality of evidence.”
Richardson advocates healthy eating. She is especially inclined to recommend oily fish. She cited research indicating that fatty acid supplements led to a 37% reduction in violent offences among prison inmates. She admits that all the scientific community can do is put the information out there. It is up to the public to interpret it.
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