the key of happiness is within the plate!


The idea that food makes you happy is reminiscent of the adage that happiness is on the plate. However, it may seem so incredible that it makes you laugh! However, it has been proven that certain good nutrients can not only make you happy, but also smile. Indeed, by promoting the production of key brain neurotransmitters, they positively affect our emotions. Here is an overview of the foods that make you happy.

1) Dark chocolate

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Did you think your chocolate addiction was a coincidence? If it makes us want to go back again and again, it’s of course because it’s delicious, but also because it makes us feel good! In fact, its cocoa plays a key role, because it releases pleasure hormones (endorphins). His theobromine, a psychostimulant, is akin to caffeine and the happy hormone (or serotonin). So our little chocolatey guilty pleasure strikes a chord with the pleasure centers in our brain. However, chocolates containing at least 70% cocoa to afford a great excuse to indulge in a gourmet tasting. Unfortunately, milk or white chocolate are often sweeter than cocoa.

2) The lawyer

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At the top of the products ‘feel good‘, the lawyer stands out as a great leader! It provides many nutrients that do us good: good fats, minerals, vitamins, fibers… But it is its amino acids, tyrosine, that play the most on our nervous system by regulating our moods. Indeed, this tyrosine creates two important neurotransmitters what are dopamine and norepinephrine. Ultimately, it’s one of the best cocktails of nutrients for suppressing stress.

3) Spinach

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Popeye has often introduced us to spinach as a powerhouse. However, they do not really have the power to make us strong like oxen… On the other hand, they do provide nutrients essential to our health. In addition to being digestible and low in calories, spinach is also a goldmine of vitamin B9. However, the one that is also called folic acid helps maintain a good ratio of good mood hormone (serotonin). Therefore, it is a significant source of well-being and happiness. And a portion of spinach provides 50% of the recommended intake of this vitamin. You can also vary the sources by opting for well-cooked broccoli or asparagus.

4) Poultry

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If poultry is on this list of foods that make you happy, it is mainly thanks to its tryptophan content. Indeed, this amino acid plays a role in the secretion of serotonin and melatonin (sleep hormone). In other words, this means that white meats have no equal for relaxput us in a good mood and promote good sleep. In chicken, for example, there is vitamin B3, which regulates mood. But the turkey is also excellent. In the same vein, let’s not forget to mention the eggs which provide choline, the effects of which are feeling in the proper functioning of the brain. We will find 215 mg in a large egg and this will cover half of the daily needs of an adult in choline.

5) Banana

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Impossible not to mention the banana in the foods that make you happy, because as its shape suggests, it knows how to make you smile! If it gives us the banana and imposes itself as the second favorite fruit of the French, it is because its potassium reduces blood pressure and that its sugars promote the creation of serotonin. It therefore makes it possible to sweep away stress and depression with the back of the hand.

6) Red fruits

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Yes, they are small in size, but they all have big fruits! In general, they bring us many vitamins and fiber in addition to minerals and fatty acids for some. But in addition, there is a good dose of antioxidants that fight against premature aging and promote good brain function. Furthermore, be aware that the darker you take them, the more your berries will be packed with antioxidants. Thus, we gladly go for blackcurrant, blackberry or blueberry. But you can also treat yourself by varying and tasting a farandole of goji berries, cranberries, raspberries…

7) Pickle

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When we think about foods that make us happy, we don’t usually think of pickles… And yet! It’s very simple: once in the stomach, they go boost serotonin production. Then, the latter will rise to your brain to give you a good dose of good humor. So consider these fermented foods if stress is getting to you!

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