Food: The Top 10 Foods Proven to Make You Happy


Carb Your Enthusiasm: there is a confirmed list of the feel-good foods proven to make you smile!

This list of feel good foods landed in my inbox today, and as a Manchester foodie, I just had to share it with you all…

The study by Uber Eats has just revealed that chocolate, sweet potato and red meat all feature amongst the foods designed to make you happy. And as I’m such a big foodie, I thought I’d share these results with you! 

Following on from International Day of Happiness, a leading experimental chef has teamed up with Uber Eats to reveal the happy meals you should be eating to boost your mood all year round.

Because food makes us happy in general right? So it may as well be officially making us happy, deep to our cores!

Experimental chef Jozef Youssef has identified the top ten scientifically-proven foods to put a spring in your step – and yes, chocolate is in the list.

He said there is “a direct correlation” between certain ingredients and improved mood, with elements like texture and colour having positive effects.

The feel-good menu includes:

  1. Sweet Potato – vibrant in colour and flavour, it is a delicious complex starch, beneficial for the production of serotonin, also known as ‘happiness’ neurotransmitter
  2. Salmon – much loved for its buttery texture and feel, salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which benefits the brain
  3. Kale – crunchy and earthy, kale is another complex starch that is also good for serotonin production
  4. Bananas – rich in antioxidants, vitamins and pre-biotic foods which help with digestion – and this impacts mood
  5. Blueberries – contain special antioxidants called carotenoids flavonoids and other antioxidant compounds like vitamin A, C, E, selenium, zinc, and phosphorus
  6. Red meat – a good source of tryptophan which is essential in the production of serotonin, and provides a number of essential nutrients, including protein, zinc and vitamin B12
  7. Mango – packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals
  8. Chocolate – a prebiotic and antioxidant treat known for putting a smile on most people’s faces
  9. Walnuts – coincidentally shaped like a brain, walnuts are known to be highly beneficial for our brain, packed with antioxidants and contain other neuroprotective compounds, including vitamin E, folate, melatonin, omega-3 fats
  10. Kimchi (or sauerkraut) – fiery in both flavour and colour, kimchi is a prebiotic food and the lactic acid bacteria formed during the fermentation of kimchi may also help your body break down pesticides.

Jozef said: “There is a clear scientific link between the food that we eat and our mood. It’s commonly said that variety is the spice of life, so having a rich and varied diet helps us maintain a happy mind and body.”

“Services like Uber Eats that offer a diverse array of happiness-inducing meal options help us boost our mood by taking our taste buds on a non-stop adventure.”

During a time when I’m super busy and often stressed because I juggle crazy journalism with blogging and social media and having a life etc etc…. (you know how it is!) I could really benefit from a ‘food boost’.

Too often I drown myself with coffee and cake to perk me up, but it looks like I’m playing the game alllll wrong.

Sweet potato washed down with a mango juice for me!

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