Avoid stress-induced splurges.
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That’s especially true for women. Researchers analyzed data from 563 adults to see if there was a link between mental health and nutrition. They found that for women, but not for men, happiness depends on eating a balanced diet.
Caffeine (which activates the stress response), fried fare (which promotes inflammation), and sugary and starchy foods (which cause a spike in blood sugar) can hit your mood especially hard, she notes.
“Studies have shown that women’s brains have more neural connectivity between cortices, or brain regions, compared to men,” she says, which might explain why diet is so crucial for their mental health.
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