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Foods that alter your mood

The plan to controlling brain chemicals that'll decide how happy you'll be today.

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Grandmums across the world don't tire saying, 'a way to a man's heart is through his stomach.' Research suggests there is science behind the adage. "For one," says psychiatrist Dr Yusuf Matcheswalla, "whether they are fancy dawats or a simple dinner, eating gives you pleasure. Our emotions, intellect, rationalisation and cognition are all related to neurochemistry. That is triggered by what we eat."

There's a reason, he explains, that for centuries, Ayurveda acharyas emphasised the benefits of sattvic food or those eats that lead to clarity of mind and balance in body.

Brain chemicals (neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, dopamine and acetylcholine) that are triggered by what we consume, influence the way we think, feel and behave.

So, food affects our mood, and in turn, our behavi…