You may never have heard or thought about it, but there’s a synchronous relationship between the kind of food you eat and the way you act. In what some scientists have classified the food/mood relationship, there’s a close relationship between acting aggressively and eating the wrong type of food. The human body is a sensitive one and as such the type of food you feed on can tilt your emotional balance both positively and negatively.
Recent scientific facts say that foods have the ability to make you sad, happy or even mad. Researchers are of the opinion that behavioural changes and an abrupt change in your actions and attitude can be linked to the food you ate last. Let’s take a look at common food constituents and their effects on our attitude.
Sugar And Processed Carbohydrates
Some research studies have linked foods high in carbohydrates and sugars with anger. Foods high in carbohydrates have been known to increase the risk of diabetes, heart diseases and some types of cancer but have also recently been found to stimulate depression, anger and violence. A research conducted by Oxford University professionals suggests that prison inmates have poor blood sugar control as a result of a high-sugar diet. A drop in blood sugar naturally affects mood. A Nutritionist -Nicolette Pace, found out that processed carbohydrates have the tendency to improve moods but it is however shortlived. The essential amino acid -Phenylalanine is commonly found in proteinious foods can also be found isolated in artificial sweetners, soft drinks and some other similar products.
Certain behavioral and emotional conditions such as Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have been linked to increased levels of phenylalanine in the body and brain.
It has been established that certain foods may promote aggressive behaviour but starving your body off food may just cause as much aggressive behavior as some food. Stress and starvation are factors that may make you susceptible to aggression. More so, a deficiency of certain vitamins and nutrients including Vitamin B and C, may have an adverse effect on the way you react to issues. A behavioural study conducted by Oxford University researchers on prison inmates found that inmates placed on vitamin supplements were less aggressive than their counterparts who were starved of the supplements. The study concluded that there was a link between aggressive behaviour and deficiency in certain nutrients.
A recent study conducted at the University of California found a link between the amount of trans fatty acids one consumes and how angry you become. Trans fatty acids, are “fake” fats that clog arteries, increase the levels of low density lipoproteins (LDL) and lower high density lipoproteins (HDL) in the blood. These deadly fat impostors are formed when vegetable oils harden to create shortening or margarine.
The research study observed the trans fat intake of 945 men and women about their respective levels of aggression while putting alcohol and tobacco use into consideration.
Fatty acids have the ability to inhibit the break down of omega-3s – fatty acids which are most important in maintaining balance in human attitude and a lack of it has been linked to antisocial behaviour and depression. The study propounded that when people are angry, they tend to want to consume more junk food in an attempt to reduce their anger but this may worsen the situation instead of alleviating it.
However, we tend to eat these type of fats without knowing because they are present in common foods like plantain chips, margarine and doughnuts. Trans fat are also mostly present in palatable foods, meat and dairy products because they help to increase the shelf life of processed food. It’s removal is totally dependent on individual lifestyle change for now.
The best way to have a balanced mind and survive the various situations life would present is to have a clear mind and eat well. Eating food food entails consuming food with food nutritional value while leading a cheerful and happy life.