Web Desk: Study has found that as compared to men, diet has a bigger impact on women’s emotional well-being and women need a more nutrient-rich diet to support a positive emotional well-being.
The study was conducted by The Binghamton University in which 563 participants participated. Researcher Begdache found that men are more likely to experience mental well-being until nutritional deficiencies arise. Women are less likely to experience mental well-being until a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle are followed.
“The biggest takeaway is that women may need a larger spectrum of nutrients to support mood, compared to men,” said Begdache. “These findings may explain the reason why women are twice more likely to be diagnosed with anxiety and depression and suffer from longer episodes, compared to men. Today’s diet is high in energy but poor in key nutrients that support brain anatomy and functionality.”
“Males and females had different physical and emotional responsibilities that may have necessitated different energy requirements and food preference,” she said.
“Thus, gender-based differential food and energy intake may explain the differential brain volumes and connectivity between females and males. Therefore, a potential mismatch is happening between our contemporary diet and the evolved human brain which is disturbing the normal functionality of certain systems in the brain,” Begdache concluded.