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Can Food Make You Angry?

The food you eat can make you angry. It sounds strange, yet we are what we eat. It is well known that food can help a person feel better, hence we have the concept of “comfort food.” Likewise, the wrong food can bring you and others around you discomfort.

In fact there is a term that is applied to this powerful effect that food has on your mood: it is called a “food swing.” A very common impact on how a person feels and reacts is the roller coaster of blood sugar highs and lows. When a person has not eaten for a long while, he or she becomes more irritable; this condition is called hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which triggers the more primal survival part of our brains.

According to studies, people who eat trans fats, such as fried foods and heated oils, demonstrate significantly more aggressive behavior. Thus, it is no surprise that with the spread of the Westernized diet, high in processed foods and trans fats, society is becoming more dysfunctional and less harmonious. Why do trans fats mess up our moods? They rob us of our omega-3 fatty acids that normally occur in fish, nuts and seeds.

Trans Fats vs. Omega 3

There is a strong correlation between lower omega-3 fatty acid levels and increased depression and anti-social behavior. Whether you are not eating enough omega-3 fatty acid foods or eating too many trans fats, the evidence is clear: the right fat will equate to a happier mood, while the wrong fat may ruin your mood and, over the course of time, even your relationships.

The other foods to be particularly careful of are those high in sugar, particularly refined sugar, such as that found in soda pop, juice, baked goods and sweets. These foods in the short term will often raise your mood, yet as the saying goes, all that goes up must eventually come down. Sugar crashes are not only hard on your body, but cause shifts in your mood.

In conclusion:

If you are going to consume trans fats, processed foods and sugary foods, do so in moderation. In addition, make sure you are eating plenty of fiber-rich foods, such as whole grains, assuming you are not allergic, and also lots of green veggies.  This will help lessen the sugar burden. Cranking up omega-3 oil intake is also critical for a healthy body and mind.

Here are some great food sources of omega-3:

  • Fresh tuna
  • Sardines
  • Salmon
  • Trout
  • Oysters
  • Edamame
  • Wild rice
  • Walnuts
  • Canola oil
  • Flaxseed
  • Beans

 

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