Ideas Factory: Exploring the link between food and mood
The link between food and mood is a growing area of research.
Felice Jacka from Deakin University told Neil Mitchell a person’s diet is comparable to a car’s petrol – the higher the quality, the better the performance.
Prof Jacka said there is now a “robust evidence base” linking the quality of diet with a person’s risk of depression and anxiety.
“This link is quite independent of things like income, education, weight, and exercise,” Prof Jacka said.
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Prof Jacka said their research shows a “very clear” relationship between diet and the area of the brain responsible for learning and memory.
She also recommended eating three or four small portions of non-processed red meat per week.