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Binghamton University researchers show how food could impact your mental health

VESTAL (WBNG) — Researchers at Binghamton University are providing some food for thought with a study that is attracting worldwide attention.

Binghamton University assistant professors Lina Begdache and Masim Sabounchi, along with doctoral student Hamed Kianmehr, conducted a study to find out what foods make people at different ages feel good and energized, and how the foods that accomplish that changes with age.

The study was put together in 2017 and could have an impact to your mental health.

“We found out that food that increases brain chemicals, certain brain chemicals, will maintain mental well-being versus those who do not have those kind of food,” said Begdache, an assistant professor of Health and Wellness Studies at Binghamton University.

In two months, nearly 600 people completed an online questionnaire. People ages 18 to 29 and 30 and older answered questions on what food they eat, how they eat it, and if they exercise.

Begdache says meat is a type of food that can help the brains of younger people.

“It’s also good source of fiber, iron, zinc, magnesium, which is needed for substance in the brain that increases signals, the speed of signals in the brain,” she said.

Not every type of food does this. She says eating cheeseburgers isn’t a good idea.

“Actually fast food was among the major food that links to mental distress or anxiety and depression,” explained Begdache.

As you get older some of your favorite foods could actually be doing more harm than good.

“High glycemic food concerning pasta, rice, like the white food, the white starch, also was linked to more mental distress in mature adults,” she added.

She says adults have less ability to control blood sugar.

“We also found that those who do not eat breakfast on a daily basis also may have a higher risk of mental distress in mature adult,” she said.

To avoid that, Bedcahe says exercising at least three times a week will improve your mental health.

The study also showed eating fruits and vegetables is good for people in both age groups for their brain.

Esperanza Gutierrez

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