Research in the health and wellness industry is continuously telling us that “We are what we eat”. In an article published on Neuroscience News, research from Binghamton University recently found this to be true, and different depending on age.

“Diet and dietary practices differentially affect mental health in young adults versus mature adults,” said health and wellness professor Lina Begdache. The report highlighted that this difference was especially pronounced when it came to nutritional influence on mental health. Lisa Cutforth, nutritionist at The Banyans, wrote an article explaining some of the correlations between nutrition and mental health on her post: Food and Mood – The Link Between Nutrition Status and Depression?

The research from Binghamton University reports that young adult mood is particularly sensitive to chemicals produced by proteins found in meat, especially those that tend to promote positive mood related chemicals in the brain such as dopamine and serotonin. A similar effect is produced through exercise. They report that “young adults who ate meat (red or white) less than three times a week and exercised less than three times week showed a significant mental distress.”

Similarly, as we age, the mature adult brain becomes increasingly sensitive to chemicals that inappropriately elicit a stress-response, such as the well-known ‘fight or flight’ response. Thus, we become more sensitive to foods that trigger stressful responses such as caffeine, and benefit more from foods rich in antioxidants.

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[To read the full article from Neuroscience News, click here.]