The English term “mood” refers to the state of mind and, linked to the recognition of the role played by it, along with our feelings and emotions when choosing what we eat, the concept of mood food is born , as a trend that relates in a bidirectional way:
- The emotional and psychological factors.
- The eating behavior and the choice of food.
It should be noted that this relationship that links what we eat with our mood is very complex and in turn is associated with certain diseases such as obesity or diabetes. However, this new trend of ” mood food” bet to promote the pursuit of pleasure through food, thus stimulating the pleasant function of them, without forgetting that food is food and, as such, above all serve us to achieve good nutrition and, therefore, optimal health.
Factors that influence us when choosing food
Of the multiple factors that we can identify and that today are known to exert a certain role in our eating behavior we find:
- Traditional factors such as: personal tastes, hedonic desire, signs of appetite and satiety, sensory aspects (smell, color , texture …) and the convenience that each of us has around certain foods.
- Emotional factors, which in turn can be conscious or unconscious, and can vary according to the moment of the food act (before, during and after consuming a certain food).
These psychological factors are not only able to influence the choice of food but also affect the amount and frequency of meals that are made.
In particular, emotional factors can refer both to the emotion / emotions that we can experience while we eat and to those that we try to achieve through food. And it is in this last point where it is worth noting that we can fall into the error that food becomes an emotional agent or mediator and, therefore, end up generating a problem of bad relationship with food.
Diet of happiness. What foods influence our mood?
Some studies have shown that, depending on the state of mind, our preferences for choosing foods or others may vary and be affected. In this sense:
- A positive mood , with a predominance of pleasant emotions, usually leads us to choose or have a greater preference for healthier foods .
- While a negative mood, accompanied by more unpleasant emotions (sadness, loneliness, anger, anger, disgust, etc.) tends to cause us to have a greater preference for unhealthy foods, rich in added fats and sugars, for example , cookies type treats, salty snacks, etc.
In the same way, we can also find that, conversely, depending on what we ingest, our mood can be modified. In this sense:
- It has been described that certain foods are able to produce effects in the synthesis of serotonin and, therefore, generate a greater sense of pleasure, such as: chocolate.
- The consumption of foods with large amounts of added fats and sugars and, especially, foods that combine both, produce a tendency to addictive behavior to the food that ends up affecting a negative state of mind .