Some foods make you happy. But they aren't necessarily comfort foods. You know what they call that? SCIENCE!
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Hey and welcome to the short stuff on Josh. There's Chuck those Jerry in 4 days and this is short stuff, the Happy Foods Edition, which I'm good. I like Happy Foods. Did you remember this from your past, my friend? What do you mean? You wrote this article? No, I didn't. This is, this is back on your house of works that, this was a Josh Clark Special. No, I did not. I have no recollection of it whatsoever. Chuck, you know, why is because I sent you the file. I cut out. The remember, we always had to do this kind of corny. Couple of paragraphs in the beginning. I got. All right, I mean, listen to this sentence, use during the Krebs cycle. A physiological process by which nutrients are converted to energy for cellular. Use, I should have seen my own genius in that amazing second. Let me ask you, honestly,
You're reading this real like this this stuff a little bit, I was like, wow. That's a pretty ancient Cornell University study and I'm sure those 277 participants were probably undergrads getting extra credit. So yeah, I did beat up on myself a little bit. Well, this is a Josh Clark Special and it's about how certain foods can make you happier. In some foods, can make you maybe 10 for depression or a little down and it is not just not too much comfort food. We are going to mention that briefly but it's it's, it's science, right? Yes, thank you. So, yeah. And there's a distinction that will get to Happy Foods in Comfort Foods. I called them happy food. That's another thing. I was like, that's a pretty doofus thing to call him.
I feel voice weird is I feel comforted knowing that I was criticizing myself at all. Just seems right in normal now, but we're going to call him because I called him that back in the day, back in the office, Happy Foods, which are foods that actually can affect your mood, where is a bike directly through physiological action. Where is Comfort foods are things that have an effect on your mood to psychological processes, right? If you're talk about the brain and the transmitters, there are a couple that are largely responsible for our moods inhibitory and a weekend with excitatory or inhibitory excitatory thought. So I just wanted to make sure you wrote it to the author is so bizarre. So excited. Transmitters were talking about like norepinephrine.
Norepinephrine did I say wrong? I think you said Nora epinephrine to Nora Ephron Heparin man. She's been making appearances all over the place lately and yeah it sound like they stimulate that she passed away, right? Pretty sure one of the greats on like she was hugely successful but I think she was even even more of a genius then she gets credit for you. One of the great writers. So where was I? I was with norepinephrine. They stimulate our body, they stimulate your mind but it can be too much and what you need is a balance of those excitatory neurotransmitters in the inhibitory which provide which get it seems like serotonin the kind of balance things out and that's kind of where the true good mood lies, as I put it all to mately. The best moves are found, when there is a balance between these two tight, I'm everything like best. And since it's
Sonia if it sends. So the thing is, is like, when when we start producing these neurotransmitters like serotonin or norepinephrine, like we actually make them out of the food that we eat, we eat the food or Buddy's break down the food, and we use those as building blocks is constituent nutrients, as building blocks for things like neurotransmitters. So, there are actually foods that can Aid in our mood and a big one. Serotonin is a really big neurotransmitter, one of the biggest, and it's, it's frequently considered like a happy, neurotransmitters. It's an inhibitor. It kind of says, mellow out norepinephrine, help you is kind of. Stay calm, stay relaxed, be in a good mood and there's a lot of food out there that actually help you make serotonin. It is put on When Harry Met Sally and have some turkey and bananas, and you like my son, very good combo. And this is well, and some some
And you're not a really tight all together but those things are all very high in folate and that's a B vitamin. That serotonin needs to be made before tryptophan to and drive to famous is remarkable because it can go directly into your brain. It can cross the blood-brain barrier and interesting. Lee serotonin can't cross the blood-brain barrier, so thin strips and directly is translated into serotonin in the brain. It is, you're basically feeding your brain serotonin when you eat turkey and bananas and other tryptophan containing foods, that's right. I say we take a break and we're going to get back and I'm going to let the author speak to the kreb cycle, right? After this.
Eye doctor crabs, tell me about Gaba. It always reminds me of The Adventures of Pete & Pete cuz I think there's like rebco or something was like, they're generic company that they are out, I think so, but it reminded me of the Krebs cycle. So, Gabba is Gaba aminobutyric acid or Gap. Everybody knows what Gabba is, it's called, Nature's Valium. So I said in quotes and it is indeed be during the Krebs cycle where you convert energy for, use nutrients, converted to energy for later, use and fiber helps you sleep and helps you mellow out and it's based on what we get from Foods Co glutamates. Then I think those are actually also the basis for Umami to him and I correct. That sounds really is, all this sucks order was ringing the Bells, but the idea is, if you eat something like Sesame or sunflower seeds, or if your meat eater and you like pork and
You're going to be getting a lot of that glutamate and acetaminophen acid which is a a big, it's not Gabba, but it helps make Gabba. And that can glue to glue to mean that I said glutamate. I've been saying glutamates, but it is glued means and I'm sure there's a pretty substantial difference between those two rights of glutamine. Told your email, says what we mean and that can transcend the blood-brain barrier. And so you're going to have, you know, a pretty significant impact on your happiness, which food is it that you're eating there? Which is pretty cool to think. Like you're like the foods you eat can actually impact your mood, you know, it makes you kind of wanted, you know, nourish yourself it, right? Other times. Do you say I don't want to nurse myself at all. I wanted the exact opposite of that because I need comfort food in here. Again we reach that distinction was happy for those foods that can actually influence the production of Gaba and serotonin in your brain. Those are different from
Comfort foods which basically activate neural Pathways of a happier time in that We crave to make ourselves feel better when we're not feeling very good. Yeah which is you know it's the difference of physiology and psychology and you know what you've mentioned is pretty true because I think
I think he did a survey of people, you would find that most people lean toward Comfort foods, that is something there, grandma made, or their mom or dad made or something like that. When they were little, that reminds them of maybe a special timer happier time in their life or maybe a time of things. A little more simple. Maybe there is a Mr. Hodgman up a bit more nostalgic, but, you know, my comfort foods are those like, mashed potatoes and fried chicken in is like soda? Good old southern home. Cooking is my comfort food because I remember my mom and my grandmother making, all that stuff in, and just chat going down on it when there was no regard and that's probably part of it, too as an adult who gets older and like, has to deal with you. No way to shoes back when it didn't matter when you were a child and you could just eat all of that stuff and you have the metabolism of a of a gnat and it just that you could consume guilt-free.
So Comfort foods like you just kind of took me back, man. I like sweet stuff. I like Jordan cakes, cookies, doughnuts or big-time comfort food in mind, is that childhood stuff for you. So I've learned not to look too deeply into the psychology behind my comfort foods are also start weeping so I just take him on Facebook now you I'm like the yes we feel good, the food I go to, you know, go Homer Simpson which is fine with cover-up. Is the fastest like donuts for me in fried chicken for you like under underlines the fact that like it's a really personal choice. But apparently, there are kind of commonalities between save, like men and women who over. Who wants what? When their craving comfort food? Yeah, there was a study in 2005 out of Cornell.
It surveyed close to 300 cisgender men and women and found that women tend to seek a sugary things more than men do mens tend to seek out things like what do I do like soup. I got to say is comfort food. Sure, soup and steak and things like that steak. Is it comfort food while? I mean, according to the Cornell, I mean, I love steak. I don't know that I would say it's a comfort Foods in early for me. It's like, my body is like, get steak eat. Now, that's how I add a meeting, a steak. It's not like, I'm feeling down Josh. I could really use a steak, that's never realize. It's rainy day, and I'm feeling a little blue, like a nice bowl of soup, sounds really good, but not yet another toilet bowl, toilet seat, sized steak, for, when I am looking for comfort food, they also found that the cyst gendered men.
Tend to use comfort food as the reward, while women might feel guilty about it and that there may be an evolutionary Advantage for women. When it comes to that, this sounds awfully made up. So you wrote it, I know I'm trying to suss out if I did make it up. I don't think I did. So it does sound editorial that with that. That this idea that if, if you are craving comfort food all the time and you just eat it willy-nilly, that's not typically good for you. Because the foods that We crave for Comfort or not, particularly nursing, or nutrient-rich or nutrient-dense, they may or may not be bad for your junk food, depending on your perspective about food. So, I don't know if that's like an evolutionary thing. That sounds like a Segway that I forced.
But who knows? Well, there's also the idea that if you are not eating something, the lack of that can physiologically affect your mood because there's a fatty acid call DHA duck OC, mix on Sonic. I think this is a fat. The most abundant fat found in the human brain and it's very important for brain structure. And there's a lot of it in fish and shellfish and they've done studies and even though they're not there Court correlative and not necessarily causal, they did find links and other Studies have confirmed links it in places, where people eat like Taiwan or people eat a lot more efficient and it's a big part of the diet. Then people are happier than 10 times. The prevalence of depression in areas where they don't eat a lot of fish in it.
Save all those doesn't prove causation. It's a pretty good reason to eat more fish and other two are containing DHA and it's true. I mean, like, what's the problem? Eat? More fish that. Like, if even if it does say, yes, we link DHA and lack of it to depression, just eat some more fish. If you see a study like that, there's nothing wrong with that. Yeah.
I feel really defensive about about this episode bad that I didn't tell you beforehand. I kind of wanted to see what would happen. If I hope you're ashamed of yourself, for how it turned out. I'm going to keep doing this and just pop them in there every now and then see if you recognize the mouse, the humiliation ends here.
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