Does Ice Cream Really Help to Boost your Mood?
Imagine you are depressed and don’t feel like eating anything. A bowl of ice cream bathed in hot fudge is put in front of you. What will you do? Will you avoid looking at the ice cream or go ahead and grab a spoon? Well to be frank, you will probably end up finishing that entire bowl of ice cream. Suddenly you realize that this bowl of ice cream has just changed your mood.
The question is “Does ice cream really help to boost my mood?” Maybe it’s really just a sweet treat that makes you feel good for a little while.
According to research done, one spoonful of ice cream can really make your mind feel more at ease- it’s the same feeling we get by listening to music. Neuroscientists scanned the brains of different people eating vanilla ice cream. What they found is an immediate effect on certain areas of the brain when the individual consumes ice cream. This clearly demonstrates that ice cream does have a positive effect on the state of your mind.
Let us see how ice cream can affect our state of mind:
- Has Energizing Effects:
Some ice cream flavors are rich in protein and amino acids which increases the level of tyrosine in the brain. Thus we feel energized after a few spoonfuls of ice cream. Tyrosine is a neurotransmitter which helps to raise your dopamine levels, resulting in alertness and an energetic mood.
- Makes you Happy:
Too much stress and overthinking are two things that could make you feel depressed. Think of yourself as a kid… the best thing to make you happy at any time was, you guessed it… ice cream! If you’re having a bad day or just need to be transported to your childhood, then a bowl ice cream is the way to go!
- Works against Mood Swings:
We all experience mood swings. This can be due to the your current situation, stress, overthinking, etc. Generally, during mood swings, you end up doing nothing, but feel irritated, which makes you more depressed and only perpetuates the cycle. Having a few spoonfuls of ice cream can trigger obvious changes in your mood. Ice cream comes in different flavors including strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, etc, with many options to choose from! This will keep you satisfied and keep your mood in check! Ice cream contains tryptophan, an amino acid that leads to calmness in the mind. Calm feelings from a sweet treat is sure to change your entire mood!
There are many opinions on whether or not ice cream can really help your mood. However, one cannot deny the scientific changes that happen in our brains, specifically to our moods, upon having a spoonful of ice cream.