Food facts are a great way to discover which foods are not only good for you nutritionally but also which ones can give your mood a boost.
Did you know that the type of foods you consume can affect your overall mood? Whether it be to help you live your best life or spend an entire month on the couch, foods play a massive role in your well being and health, much more than the average person realises.
Foods Rich in Omega-3
Omega 3 has a fatty acid known as DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) which is important for brain development . It also helps us to think better and decreases inflammation in the brain. This in turn, relieves your brain of any stress and therefore increases your overall mood. Reduced depression and anxiety are also positive by-products of consuming Omega-3.
You can find Omega-3 in fish and other seafood (salmon, mackerel, algae), berries, nuts and dark leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, romaine). By introducing more of these foods into your diet, you will feel not only healthier but happier too.
Here’s a food fact you want might want to know.
Many people believe that processed foods only refers to things like ready meals. In fact, any food with ingredients such as oil, sugar or salt added to them, can be classed as processed foods.
Not all processed foods are bad for you, let’s look at tofu as an example. Tofu is a popular plant-based protein-rich meat and dairy alternative made from soya. Most people wouldn’t class it as a processed food but the fact that the raw material (soya) has undergone a process means that it is. Cheese is another example.
Although staying away from heavily processed foods such as ready meals is better for your health, things like tofu and cheese don’t have a negative effect on your health if eaten as part of a balanced diet.
Alcohol & Caffeine
Consuming alcohol and caffeine in moderation won’t cause much harm but consuming them regularly damages your body and mental health. This creates an over production of cortisol known as a stress hormone. An increase in the cortisol hormone creates stress for the brain. This is dangerous because it can cause parts of the brain to shrink and possibly lead to depression.
Fruit and Vegetables
Everyone knows that eating fruit and vegetables as part of a balanced diet has numerous health benefits but did you know that spinach is the healthiest vegetable of all?
Spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense vegetables. It’s packed with vitamin A (vital for cell growth, immune function and eye sight) and vitamin K (helps wounds to heal). Spinach also boasts antioxidants, which may help reduce your risk of disease.
We hope these food facts have inspired you to go out and try something new and remember, if you need some help in the kitchen, come and join us at Greenwich Pantry to learn new cooking skills or brush up on your old ones.