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This is what you should eat if you are stressed, say scientists

Prima (UK) logo Prima (UK) 08/08/2018 Roshina Jowaheer

High-fibre diets could cut anxiety and depression, researchers have revealed. A link between foods like wholewheat pasta, nuts and fruit show that these reduce stress disorders: This is what you should eat if you are stressed © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc This is what you should eat if you are stressed A diet containing fibre-rich foods, such as wholewheat pasta, wholegrain cereals, broccoli, nuts and fruit like berries or pears could reduce the effects of stress, a new study has revealed.

Research conducted by scientists at the University College Cork found that a high-fibre diet may ease stress-related disorders like anxiety, depression and irritable bowel syndrome.

Fibre stimulates bacteria in the gut to produce short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs). Tests have shown that these acids decrease levels of stress and anxiety.

The study also found that the links between our guts and behaviour don’t stop there...

a bowl of food: This is what you should eat if you are stressed © mikroman6 - Getty Images This is what you should eat if you are stressed Stress experienced over a prolonged period of time can make the barrier between the inside of the gut and the rest of the body less effective and ‘leaky’. This means undigested food, germs and bacteria pass through the leaky gut wall into the blood and cause persistent inflammation.

Scientists added that this ‘leakiness’ can be reversed with SCFAs. The research involved feeding mice SFCAs normally produced by the gut bacteria and subjecting them to stress. Using behavioural tests, the rodents were assessed for anxiety and depressive-like behaviour.

Watch: 13 Things People With Anxiety Want You to Know (provided by Real Simple)


Experts said it remains undetermined how SFCAs work but study author Professor John Cryan, whose work is published in The Journal of Physiology, said in a release: ‘There is a growing recognition of the role of gut bacteria and the chemicals they make in the regulation of physiology and behaviour.

‘The role of short-chain fatty acids in this process is poorly understood up until now.’

We don't know about you, but we're in the mood for pasta tonight!

Related: Eat to beat stress: 10 foods that reduce anxiety (provided by Men's Fitness)


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