The food-mood connection – science vs. myth

Nov 11, 2010

Do carbs calm you down? Is chocolate really an aphrodisiac? Conventional wisdom has it that certain foods bring us up or down, clear our brains or make us sleepy, hype kids up or take the edge off pain. Though particular foods do have an effect on the brain's production of neurotransmitters that may influence mood and disposition, many of the "food-mood" links don't pass scientific muster. What does the latest science say about the relationship between the brain and the belly? Does the food on our plate really change how we think and feel?

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