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Mood Food, more diet and less Prozac

Can food make us happier or more miserable? The 'Mood Food' movement or the kitchen of happiness says yes. We tell you everything (including our doubts) about this trend.

Gastronomic trends We sensed something when we said that of "more organic, closer": Wines, meats, vegetables and even organic-grown ice cream. Products without pesticides, without transgenics and without antibiotics. From local crops, from here, very close. And it has been a long time since this choice has much more to do with pleasure - the authentic aromas and flavors - than with that late hippie good rolling. But there is more, because today the thing is not so much about pleasure but about happiness. There is nothing.

CAN THE FOOD MAKE US HAPPY OR MORE DISGRACED?

True? Lie? What does it matter, if the hypothesis has already left the ground as possible to pay for the topics, that is, more clichés, those that only serve to bore the hands of the clock and put silence in the family reunions under the carpet. "Spinach makes you stronger," "women don't know how to read maps," or, of course, "chocolate is a good substitute for sex."

BUT WHAT IS CERTAIN?

Drew Ramsey, author of The happiness diet and professor at Columbia University affirms it without a trace of hesitation: highly processed foods, with high amounts of sugar and toxins not only cause obesity but also depression. And for dessert gives us a headline that is a monument: "Do not eat anything that comes from a package". Take that one, Mercadona.

Mood Food Or the kitchen of happiness, as Miguel Ángel Almodóvar (Oberon publishing house) also summed it up very much: certain foods activate brain neurotransmitters related to pleasure and good humor. Bananas, avocados, pineapple, chickpeas or strawberries. The list is endless (and necessary). But do we talk about witchcraft or science? Almodóvar insists: "It is not a pseudoscience. In the mid-eighties, scientists from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in the United States, showed that a handful of cherries is better than any antidepressant medication because of its nutrients ".

Actually, of course, the agents that unleash our -support- happiness are not cherries but the amino acids behind these foods: resveratrol (from wine), tryptophan, theobromine, phenylalanine, tyrosine or the much-desired serotonin . That is, the great champions of Mood Food (Ramsey, Almodóvar or Dr. Jesús Román Martínez, president of the Healthy Eating Foundation) They are not talking about the pleasure of eating. Rather than a chemical consequence. The next step, of course, is to sell that happiness in pills, in convenient nutritional supplements. And it didn't happen there.

And is that either I am very badly thought (which is possible, why fool us) or it smells a little like that section Visit the Farmacy of Drew Ramsey on his website. Or that the other book of Almodóvar be called The 10 essential nutritional supplements from 40. I dont know.

PLEASURE AND EQUÍVOCOS

I know what they are thinking. How disgusting of life and disgusting of circus, this one in which you no longer know what to believe, in which you are what you buy and "what you call love, was invented by guys like me to sell socks" (thanks, Don Draper ). And what they want me to say, it's not too bad that it is. Because well thought out, what if the good table really only served for what was born? What if gastronomy really only provided us with pleasure, secrets, desire, culture and emotion?

What if there were no more reasons to eat and drink than the five reasons expressed by Jacques Sirmond, confessor of the King of France Louis XIII? The arrival of a friend, the thirst of the moment or the future thirst, the goodness of food, and also any other reason.

What a job, right.

Video: Why do you gain weight with antidepressants and mood stabilizers? (November 2019).

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