Food and Mood (The Infinite Mind instant audio download)
Food & Mood Just thinking about eating your favorite foods can make you feel good. Now, scientists are unearthing surprising links between the foods you eat and behavior. We'll hear about the latest research. Noted food critic and "Gourmet" magazine editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl starts the show with a reading about comfort food. Then, on a low carb diet? Feeling irritable or even blue? You are probably not alone. We'll speak with two M.I.T. researchers, On a low carb diet? Feeling irritable or even blue? You are probably not alone. Joining host Dr. Peter Kramer are two M.I.T. researchers, Richard Wurtman, MD and Judith Wurtman, Ph.D., who have investigated the possible links between serotonin and carbohydrate cravings, and explain why low carb diets might be making people crabby or even depressed. Also, Dr. Joseph Hibbeln, the National Institutes of Health researcher who helped first identify the link between Omega-3 fatty acids and depression, reveals new research indicating that eating fish may reduce violence in society. Plus, a visit to one of New York's hottest new restaurants, "Public," which has won awards for a mood that compliments the food. And we'll hear from Johns Hopkins anthropologist Dr. Sidney Mintz about the social role of food in cultures throughout the world, from "sinful" foods to why customers in Asia flock to McDonalds even though people may not like the food.