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Sunday, 19 November, 2000, 12:20 GMT
What foods affect your mood?
Changing your diet could improve your mental health, according to a new guide published on Tuesday.
The UK based mental health charity, Mind, says that certain foods such as chocolate and sugary items can improve moods, however temporarily.
Mind recommends tuna, avocado and bananas, that release sugars slowly.
What food gives you a sudden rush of adrenaline? Does chocolate have you on an impetuous high or a lingering low? What are the foods that alter your moods?
This Talking Point is now closed. A selection of your e-mails are posted below.
British Beef should kill all my worries.
Cold processed peas straight out the tin are wonderful.
5 shots of good espresso poured over ice with a dash of cream - that and a Mayfair king on a sunny day makes me very happy indeed!
Here's a recipe to cheer you up. Home made soup: Lentils, split peas, garlic, barley,1 tin of tomatoes, 1 potato, half an onion, 2 tea spoons of Bovril. Cook in a pressure for half an hour.
Every year a huge Christmas turkey with roast potatoes, Brussels sprouts, beans, peas, bacon-wrapped-chicken and gravy. I'm always warm and content afterwards.
My mood is lifted when I have a Dutch treat: pomperis with mayonnaise and some Amstel. Holay Jose!!!
I very much like to take some sliced pepperoni, cubed pineapple, thinly cut chilli peppers (the very hot ones), covered in slices of cheese and a sprinkling of cayenne pepper and spices, put under the grill for 5 minutes and out it comes - my own home-made pizza for less than £1. Not only that, it tastes great... There can't be many things this good that cost this little!
Try adding six ladles of pure maple syrup to a bowl of rice pudding. Feel that sugar buzzzzzzzz. (Don't try this one if you're diabetic).
Living on a vegetarian diet most of the time, I notice a pick-up effect with a weekly huge fillet steak, accompanied by a glass of red wine.
Single malt and some chocolate.
Home-made rice pudding, made with double cream, full cream milk and a huge spoonful of golden syrup - to die for!
I find that Aspartame, the artificial sweetener, affects me. It gives me a low and a cracking headache. Unfortunately, because it is cheaper to produce than sugar, it is appearing in more and more non-diet food and drinks. I can only find one brand of standard lemonade that does not contain it. Parents beware, it is also known to cause behavioural problems in kids.
Mackerel fillets on toast with loads of Tabasco sauce, guaranteed to make me smile.
Grant Appleyard, London, UK
If music be the food of love then play on I say!!
I drink wine and it makes me happy.
I am in 100% agreement with Oli - a bacon sandwich with HP sauce is my favourite pick-me up. Failing that, toast and Marmite. Marmite is the only thing I always take with me when I travel on business as I've never yet been persuaded that I can start the day properly with fruit, cheese or ham!! Also, why no mention from anyone of a cup of hot strong tea? Beats coffee any day!
Does food affect mood swings? Well, I do know a good curry and a pint will always put a smile on this face...
Ciabatta, sliced in half (top from bottom), toasted on the out side, then spread butter on the top, and cover in grated mature cheddar and crumbled Danish blue (which you then grill until molten).
Hmmmmm, cuddly arteries but I don't care!
I am truly addicted to cakes. If there is no biscuit left at home, I do not feel good at all. I really need to eat cakes everyday, otherwise I am unhappy.
Max Gadney, UK
The food that improves my mood the most in the short term is the same stuff that makes me depressed in the long term when I look at my expanding size in the mirror.
Cigarettes and whiskey and wild, wild women!
Sweetcorn makes me hyperactive.
Think crusty PIZZA!! I can change from frowny to smily just by the "thought" of it!
Olives and sun-dried tomatoes make me dream of foreign holidays in the sun; after a few glasses of red wine I think I'm there.
Redbull gives me wings but the morning after it clips them.
Eating a banana can help me feel fruity in the morning.
I have been a vegetarian for 4 years now and feel so much better. My stomach is no longer a graveyard for poor, dead, putrefying corpses of innocent animals.
It's not so much what you eat but more what you don't eat! Such delicacies as tripe, fresh or dried oysters, fresh salmon and any raw meat are real vomit inducers! As for the rest, I just like to visualise the different foods and the different styles of cooking, especially the eastern methods. Yumm, my mouth is watering already....
The Italians say that when you love chocolate "ci vuole coccolino" - you're craving affection.
Chocolate lovers unite?
Eating chocolates puts me in a good mood. In fact, I don't even like sharing this precious commodity with my workmates. But, if your metabolic rate is as high as mine is, fear not you will not put on an ounce.
Eating foods with
high fat content , i.e. lots of cheese
makes me feel sleepy
and is reported to give some people
bad dreams. This is my experience too.
Surely if we overeat we will overheat!
For me vitamin C stands for one thing - Caffeine
Dairy products always pick me up, especially milk
I also find that vanilla ice-cream works wonders for a hangover!
Alison Harston, UK
It seems to me that, according to most women,
eating chocolate tends to induce guilt. Therefore
it would seem that the effect of some foods is more psychological than physiological.
Even at a simple level, going without food at all for any length of time reduces blood sugar and changes the body's internal chemistry. The food we eat is about the only thing our body has to use as fuel and to regenerate itself. The same people who would be amazed if their car ran on nothing but Coke expect their bodies to be able to run on nothing but pizza!
A healthy and balanced low fat diet consisting of fresh fruit, nuts, yoghurt, beans etc, always makes me feel healthy and generally puts me in a better mood.
Meat, potatoes, lots of gravy and a case of Curly Wurley's make my day!
A bacon sarnie with brown sauce. Now that IS a pick-me-up.
Give me Kalamata olives, grilled fresh octopus in olive oil and lemon juice dressing with a nice glass of wine and I will be in heaven!
Helena - anyone who believes that being a vegetarian means eating lots of biscuits and chocolate is bound top lose weight when they start replacing sugar with meat.
Like most endurance athletes, I know the crash that comes after a sugar rush, which can leave you feeling physically and mentally worse than before it.
Because of this, I prefer fruit for a boost and other carbohydrates (such as bread, pasta, potatoes etc) for longer term energy as part of a balanced diet.
Laura Marcus, England, UK
When my bones feel creaky I eat oily fish. To start my day I enjoy a banana. BUT I have a severe reaction to any food that contains or has been in contact with red, green, yellow peppers.
Sweetcorn makes me hyperactive.
Nothing makes me happier than a good burger - served the way nature intended, with ketchup and a sesame seed bun! That's the easiest way to change my mood.
What is it with chocolate? Why are so many people obsessed with it? Foods that make me feel good are healthy, 'special occasion' types like fresh seafood, exotic fruit and vegetables. Good taste and great nutrition. The only guilt felt is perhaps in the wallet department! Chocolate is usually cheap, tacky, wrapped in highly polluting packaging and high in fat.
Some foods, particularly additives such as Sunset Yellow, have a very profound effect on making me feel lethargic and sometimes even ill. I love any type of seafood; hot spicy Indian curries give me a boost, but I avoid sugar; sweets; cakes and much "stodgy" food wherever possible.
I've always had a rather Pavlovian reaction to jelly. Having been fed it as a bed-ridden child the site of a packet of Rowntrees can to this day bring me out in mumps.
Coca-cola sends my heart racing as does coffee.
I have to stay clear of them in the morning and late at night. They also cause heart palpitations!
Eating kangaroo meat makes me jumpy.
Harking back to a previous 'Talking Point', the whole process of preparing and ingesting curry puts me in an excellent mood. That said, even thinking about it has a an effect!
Ben Aldhouse, UK
Golden Syrup and banana sandwiches...mmm nice
I love chocolate, but my addiction is worse during run up to period time. It makes me feel good and puts me in a good mood, only thing is I put on weight.
Chocolate and caffeine are two of the essential food-groups, aren't they? I
certainly know that when I'm feeling down, a bar of 70%-cocoa-solids
chocolate helps make the world look a better place. Self-
medication for depression!
Whenever I need a quick pick-me-up I always turn to something with real class - chicken and chips!
After 40 years of relatively unhealthy living, I married a lass way younger. She promptly enrolled me in a health club/ gym saying, "you can push my wheelchair, not the other way round". It took me two years to get fit; one by-product of which was really understanding the feelings of my body, i.e. the difference between being physically tired, emotionally tired, ill tired or food tired.
Olives alter my mood - especially when they crop up unexpectedly in something. They're absolutely disgusting.
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