NUTRITION CORNER: Food stressors and supporters

Do you have a hard time today? Think of choosing a healthier alternative when eating especially when having your snacks. ln nutrition, the choice of food is very important in physical and mental health. You can improve your mood in more nutritious food choices. Some foods can be “stressors” on your body, which can have a negative effect on your mood, while other foods are “supporters”.

The following are some common food stressors and supporters.

Food Stressors: Sugar – raw or in foods; caffeine – found in tea, coffee and fizzy diet drinks; alcohol; chocolate; some wheat—containing foods, such as white bread, biscuits, cakes and various cereals; additives, such as E colourings, found in many processed foods; dairy, such as milk, butter, cheese and eggs; saturated fats, found in food like bacon and other fried items.

Food Supporters: Water; vegetables, such as carrots, broccoli, etc.; fruit, such as bananas and tomatoes; oiI-rich fish, such as salmon, herring, pilchards, mackerel, trout (rainbow); sardines, dogfish, shrimp, crab and fresh tuna. If you buy tinned fish, check the label as the processing may have reduced these important oils; wholegrains, such as wholegrain bread or pasta.#