The new comfort foods

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Focusing on real comfort foods

In 2020, many of us, understandably, reached for comfort foods like mac and cheese, sourdough bread, cookies and other carbs to soothe our anxieties over quarantines, home-schooling kids, politics and so many uncertainties. A year later, as anxiety persists, "COVID fatigue" and the frustrating "COVID 15" or 20 showed up on our scales.

To help you through 2021, we propose focusing on real comfort foods: those with properties actually known to ease anxiety and to boost mood, not weight.

The research keeps coming in: diets that are high in refined carbs, added sugars and saturated fats often thought of as "comfort" foods are actually associated with higher risks of depression. On the other hand, diets focused on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish and heart-healthy fats appear to offer real comfort by reducing risks of depression and anxiety and improving mood and general happiness.

It makes sense when you think about it, since the way the brain develops and functions depends on the nutrients that you feed it. Here are several nutrients that stand out in studies for their potential mood-boosting benefits:

Omega-3s
These fatty acids appear to reduce anxiety and depression and to improve mood. Fatty cold-water fish such as salmon, tuna, trout, sardines, herring and anchovies are top sources. Our friends at Basics Market have a great salmon recipe to get you started.

B vitamins
The Bs help raise the level of serotonin, one of the "happiness hormones," in your brain. Several studies have linked B vitamins with reduced anxiety and depression and improved mood. Fish gets a second vote here, along with avocados, broccoli, bananas, citrus fruits, nuts, whole grains and lentils.

We propose focusing on real comfort foods: those with properties actually known to ease anxiety and to boost mood, not weight.
Quoted From: https://www.theportlandclinic.com/the-new-comfort-foods/

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