Good mood food

Dietitians Australia are encouraging women to connect with each other either virtually or in person, to share good food and support a good mood!

The message comes as Australia celebrates Women’s Health Week, which focuses on ways to champion better mental health.

“A nutritious diet affects how we feel both mentally and physically,” says Accredited Practising Dietitian and media spokesperson for Dietitians Australia, Simone Austin.

“By prioritising fresh foods like fruits, vegetables and wholegrains, you’re likely to be rewarded with long-term good health.

“What you eat has the power to support better brain function, concentration, memory and mood.”

She continues, “Nutritious food also gives you energy for exercise and can support a better night’s sleep. These are both so important for a healthy headspace. Mental health is more important than ever, as Covid-19 disrupts our daily routines.”

Survey results

A survey commissioned by Dietitians Australia and it uncovered that half of survey respondents felt better when they ate certain foods.

Of the 1000 survey participants, the food most commonly reported to boost mood was chocolate, followed by fruit.

Ms Austin explained, “There are many reasons why we feel better after eating certain foods – the pleasure of the taste, to nutrients supporting our gut and brain health.

“For example, fruit is packed full of B vitamins and fibre, used by your body in the everyday cells function required for mental wellbeing. It also is a source of natural sugars which are a type of carbohydrate – the preferred energy source for the brain.

“If you’re after a simple mood-boosting change to your day, make fruit your go-to snack for morning or afternoon tea. Enjoy those that are in-season – think bananas, strawberries, melons and oranges for spring – they’re likely to be full of flavour.

“You might even like to opt for some delicious in-season fruit with a light drizzle of dark chocolate.”

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