Can you really improve mental and emotional well-being through diet?
What is MAD: The Modern American Diet?
How has the Modern American Diet made us sadder?
Many of the nutrients that human brains depend on for healthy functioning have been stripped from our food supply by factory farming and by modern methods of food processing. In addition, new chemicals have been added that are impairing brain function. Study after study in the medical research journals confirm that people who are most dependent on MAD-style eating habits have increased levels of depression, anxiety, mood swings, hyperactivity, and a wide variety of other mental and emotional problems.
You tell readers to stop worrying about fat, cholesterol, and even calories. This seems to go against everything we’ve heard (and even what our government tells us in their dietary guidelines). Can you explain?
Dietary cholesterol is not the bad guy—we now know that eating cholesterol in your diet actually has a fairly small impact on your blood cholesterol levels for most people. Instead a diet high in sugar, refined crabs, and industrial vegetable fats is increasingly known as a risk for both brain and heart diseases. In fact, your brain needs cholesterol—the science is still emerging but we know that chronic cholesterol depletion disrupts neurotransmitters that regulate mood. Low cholesterol levels have been linked to an increased risk of suicide and are also associated with an increased risk of cancer.