Good Mood Foods vs. Bad Mood Foods
Adapted from The Mood Cure‘s Chapter 8
Think of the positive words associated with fat: rich, soft, shining, good-natured. In ancient times fat was associated with joy and the sacred. We need good-mood fats! One of the most spectacular is omega-3 and its first home is your brain. By far the best sources are wild salmon, sardines, herring, anchovies, and mackerel. They have about three times more omega-3 than other fish and five times more than flax seed oil. To get enough of the vital omega-3 fats, you’ll need to eat fish more often. The Japanese still eat two and a half pounds of fish weekly, and their depression rates have been nil (as have their heart disease rates).
Another extraordinary good-mood fat is the creamy saturated fat we’ve been avoiding all these years. I call them SATs for “satisfied.” SATs, like butter and coconut oil, actually protect the omega-3s in our brain. Eating more fish oil and SATs replaces the bad mood fats like the rancid vegetable oils (e.g., corn, soy, canola) so overloaded with troublesome omega-6 fat.
Explore The Mood Cure for more surprises on fat. Find out when and why whole wheat and soy products can be serious threats to your mood (and health).
The German title of The Mood Cure is “Was die Seele essen will.” In English it means “what the mind wants to eat.”Read More