Food and Mood


Ever wonder why sometime we crave for chocolate or sugary stuff when we are sad,stressed or when we feel pessimistic? Studies shown that our mood does affect our food choice and vice versa. What we eat has a profound effect on how we feel now and later! Check out this article by British dietetic association that comments regarding "food and mood" Any opinion or experience regarding food choices and Mood?

Lawrence Loy
3 months ago

9 answers


According to studies - Foods and beverages affect mood and behavior, even in the short term. Research studies that investigate the best overall dietary patterns for good mental health invariably arrive at a conclusion: the foods and beverages that support optimal physical health are the same ones that support optimal mental health.

Ref - 

Hitesh Mathpal
2 months ago
Makes sense, so not sure why psychiatric practitioners are not promoting basic nutrition advice along with the array of neuro-psychiatric drugs they prescribe... - Sam 2 months ago
Great article with lots of supporting studies! Thanks for the sharring! - Lawrence 2 months ago
Thanks. It seems like increase consumption of healthier food does promote better mood and less anxiety. - Chun 2 months ago
It seems? = very scientific, so thanks - Dr. David E. 1 month ago
yes it is correct, several medicines are used with different flavors and chocolate like taste. Different food ad per need time place taste and with good smell also change mood and improve condition of health. - Er. Jangyadutta 1 month ago
Medicine with different flavors are liked. - J N Das 1 month ago
Especially by children - Dr. David E. 1 month ago
Good article. I think food has a liner relation to the mood. However it may differ from people to people ( my thoughts ) - Maya 1 month ago
And culture to culture, - Dr. David E. 1 month ago
Research has shown that an unprocessed food based diet, including fermented foods to optimize your gut flora, supports positive mood and optimal mental health.For example, dark chocolate, berries, coffee, bananas, omega-3 fats, and turmeric (curcumin) tend to boost your mood, whereas sugar, wheat (gluten), and processed foods have been linked to poor mood. - Hitesh 1 month ago
Sugar High is brief - then CRASH - Dr. David E. 1 month ago

Dark chocolate made with a high percentage of unsweetened chocolate (+70%) contains sufficient theobromine to relax your big, broad muscles which also constrain your blood vessels. It also boosts your serotonin (the feel good hormone). If you blood pressure drops and you feel relaxed and your mood is elevated, the residual sugar in the chocolate will also give you a bit of an energy spike to incrementally enhance your overall feeling a well being.

Terry Wakefield
3 months ago
Great explaination. What is your opinion regarding chocolate and our brain. Any association? Thanks - Lawrence 3 months ago
T is a vasolilator and diuretic and thus tends to lower BP. - Dr. David E. 2 months ago
David E. Marcinko MBBS-MD DPM MBA MEd CMP® Thank you for the explanation! - Chun 2 months ago
U R welcomed. Next time do a search - Dr. David E. 1 month ago
It is a pleasurable topic and interesting that every body shall get changed his mood if chocolate is got. many prefer it and it is also habit of many to regularly taking chocolate ant it has also effect in changing mood when you are getting chance to eat chocolate. - Er. Jangyadutta 1 month ago
Yes chocolate change mood. of people. - J N Das 1 month ago
DITTO - Dr. David E. 1 month ago

In my case chocolate is not doing immediate help in changing moods. While for some reason Thai food (like tom yam, thai ice tea) improve it practically immediately. I assume it comes for combination of smell, light spiceness, and tongue feeling.
Seems it can be very specific to person body metabolism specifics - for example one of my friends was saying he falling asleep from coffee, but stays awake from tea.

Andrey Zolotavin
3 months ago
True enough different body perceive different stuff. What is your experience regarding the type of food that affects your mood. For example, which food you prefered when you are happy and when you are sad? - Lawrence 3 months ago
When sad, tired , upset - do go for Thai (as above) or Indian, lot of smelly spices and tastes usually improving it. When happy - variety of foods, but it is rather on spot decisions. To clarify - I'm not particular patriot of specific food only, prefer variety . - Andrey 3 months ago
Got to try it out! - Chun 2 months ago
Agreed; a test of one [1] - Dr. David E. 1 month ago
It is true when we are feeling bad not mind is not permitting to work more or due to heavy work we are getting tired, at that time when we take tea or coffee just after that we are becoming smart to continue to work for some more time. that means food and chocolate has certain attraction and power or energy to change mood to able us to go on for certain work to do for some more time. - Er. Jangyadutta 1 month ago
tea and coffee actually change mood. - J N Das 1 month ago
Especially when "spiked" with ingrediants - Dr. David E. 1 month ago

According to the Harvard University "The research regarding dietary factors and depression is still inconclusive," says Patricia Chocano-Bedoya, a visiting scientist in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. But there have been hints that food may play a role in depression!!! further studies are needed!

Chun Wei
3 months ago
Agreed; many thanks. - Dr. David E. 2 months ago
Noted. Thanks. As you have stated, what are the scientific hint of food may play a role in depression? - Lawrence 2 months ago
inconclusive = thank you - Dr. David E. 1 month ago
Yes food as per taste smell quality have certain power to change status of mind and health which has also scientific reason. - Er. Jangyadutta 1 month ago
Food and chocolate with good smell create interest in mind to eat more. - J N Das 1 month ago
Aroma entices - Dr. David E. 1 month ago

Many patients of mine reach for sugary or simple carbs under stressful conditions or to satiate their soul. Rare that one would reach for beans or steak for filling up one's emotional void. I have also seen patients who tell me they look for textural foods to eat, perhaps crunchy items, to appease mood issues. Best course of action is to go for a walk!!

Sam Grief
2 months ago
Great insight! - Lawrence 2 months ago
Agree - sugar is a fast high THINK-childhood sugar buzz! - Dr. David E. 1 month ago
Yes some person deny to eat particular types of food as per their choice but some eat different particular food for which they get more satisfaction and pleasure. - Er. Jangyadutta 1 month ago
people like to eat food as per their liking and choice. - J N Das 1 month ago
Interesting observation - Dr. David E. 1 month ago


So, are obese folks happier?

Dr. David E. M
1 month ago
They get happiness out of their choice of food. - Er. Jangyadutta 1 month ago
Chocolate is liking for many also. - J N Das 1 month ago
Agreed, it tastes good - Dr. David E. 1 month ago

At home, we all live by the same great guidelines: healthy variety in reasonable quantity.

Treat day is Sunday afternoon + 1 other day: an ice cream cone, cookie, a piece of cake.

Always 3 good meals plus healthy snacks (apples, cheese stick, peanut butter +)

Wendy Harrington
2 months ago
Thanks for replying. What snack would you recommend for different type of mood. For example when some one is facing anxiety problem? - Lawrence 2 months ago
Any herbal tea will likely soothe a person's anxiety, but I would defer to those more knowledgeable. I wish there would be food products with anxiolytic properties... - Sam 2 months ago
I try not to use food to help emotions but am conscious of not making them worse (e.g., sugar.) I'd probably offer something like yogurt (probiotics) or a cruncy apple with peanut butter. - Wendy 2 months ago
Interesting - Dr. David E. 1 month ago
Coffee tea herbal product and food of choice as per selection of particular person as per time place and quality of food can change mood and emotion. - Er. Jangyadutta 1 month ago
Herbal food is good for health. - J N Das 1 month ago
Ganja is herbal? - Dr. David E. 1 month ago
No sir we should take positive things for better expression. - J N Das 1 month ago
OK - agree - Dr. David E. 1 month ago

 It has been viewed through research and evaluated that there is  potential health benefits of consuming chocolate, where as  no complete view   to confirm about  effect on  medical  for health matter and  chocolate  is high  in coco butter and fat removed during chocolate refining and also  added proportions during manufacturing adding other fats, sugar  and powdered milk as well which has  different  effects   on health   for  eating Chocolate and  consumption of large quantities of  energy-rich food, such as chocolate has also effect. 

Er. Jangyadutta D
1 month ago
Chocolate and reach food should not be eaten in large quantity always.. - J N Das 1 month ago
Especially bad for dogs - intestional torticolus - Dr. David E. 1 month ago

Chocolate is  comfort food  in times of stress and a mood-enhancer and romance-inducer in more positive  ways in which  good chocolate,  dark chocolate, with a cocoa percentage  is good for us  and experts have  found that chocolate is good and suggested that it may be beneficial  for   heath.

J N Das
1 month ago
I didnt know that; interesting - Dr. David E. 1 month ago

Have some input?