you kind of alluded to or like when we first started talking about how certain mental states can actually dictate or at the very least influence our food choices, right? Like when we're stressed we tend to reach for certain Comfort Foods, right? Yes. Yeah. It's very You're saying but would you then also say at this point there is a strong enough body of evidence that we can say that the inverse is also true that the foods that you reach for can influence your mental States. I
think the answer is a definitive. Yes. I think anybody who wants to debate that answer. I'm looking forward to that debate because unlike maybe when we first met and there was a little bit of evidence correlational evidence, which it doesn't end up meaning a lot sometimes now, we have multiple randomized clinical. Uncle trials we have trials where we take individuals not me but mainly Feliz Jack is Groove, but me is that the larger world looking at how do we help people beat depression and anxiety and the best trial of this so far has been the smiles trial and the healthy men trials those two trials between the two of them have well over 300 patients where they take individuals struggling with depression who are in some sort of treatment usually Psychotherapy or an antidepressant and not getting all the way better. So not reaching. The criteria for what we call full remission and that's what you want. That's like, I don't feel like I have depression anymore at all and a lot of patients don't get there with just traditional therapy in meds and what they found is adding on the Mediterranean diet improves actually in the smiles trial of 33 percent of individuals went into full remission. That was a medicine would be a billion-dollar medicine right away and then a number of Trials of followed that the most recent interestingly came out last what to Owls ago now looked at college students. They just showed him a video like depressed and anxious color students. Like hey, here's how to eat to help your mental health eat more of a mediterranean-style diet. Here's what that is. Here's more plants here's way to make plants tasty and they gave the students a little box this box of like nut butter nuts olive oil turmeric cinnamon and and then called them a week later like 5 minutes like hey Max, like you watch the video bro, like eating the nut Butters cool like you I doubt the turmeric and they called him a week later and they found that over six months. Just that intervention like a total of 23 minutes led to significant decreases in depression anxiety and stress for the college students.
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