Food and emotions

Food and emotions
Food is something which is taken in by every human being irrespective of his/her happy or sad mood. We could commonly see it in our community; if it is a happy moment, people celebrate it with food and in depressed situations too people comfort themselves with food. Research suggests that, our mood and our emotions are controlled by the food that we consume; also, there are certain compounds in food that affect our emotions. For starters, if the food contains high amount of nutrients, it enables their body increase the production of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a hormone, which helps us feel happy and maintain our emotions to be stable; it improves the mood, and refreshes and relaxes oneself. If a person is experiencing a bad day, he/she would have an inclination towards those foods that are reservoirs of high sugar, fat and salt content. He/she would choose food that would treat him/her with comfort than the food that has a high nutrition value. Such foods are dubiously distinct and provide comfort for few moments but would not help the body in the long run. On the other hand, when a person is happy, two kinds of traits could be observed. The person would either opt to have a nutritive food or would go for comfort food leading to overeating. There is an interesting study which claims that women in bad mood would turn towards food that would pamper them; whereas, men would go for soups, meat, liquor, etc. Therefore, while eating we should remember whether we are choosing food or our emotions are choosing food for us.


How to cite this article:
Arpita Summy. Food and emotions. BioLim O-Media. 30 September, 2015. 3(7).
Available from: http://www.biolim.com/read/BOMA0089.