Many of us struggle with our relationship with food. We need it for nourishment, but too much or too little can cause gigantic problems. For some, food brings a sense of comfort or warmth (e.g. herbal tea, chocolate). Researchers suggest that this is due to the chemical make up of the food we are eating.
New evidence suggests that some flavours such strawberries, chocolate, blueberries, tea, raspberries and more systematically enhance our mood because of their structural similarity to valproic acid - a chemical found in medications that are used to treat mood instability. So the next time that you are feeling down, grab a handful of blueberries and munch away.
Licensed Psychologist in Fredericton, N.B.