Poor diet is associated with a number of detrimental health effects. To date, most of the focus on the health effects of poor diet has been on the physical effects. These include weight gain, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. However, poor diet can significantly affect mental function, and this can cause potential changes to mood and cognition. Low mood is known to be associated with certain dietary habits, including the consumption of a poor quality diet. Further, poor quality diets are also associated with deteriorating cognition and disordered thought processes. The mental changes of poor diet relate to direct damage to the brain cells from oxidative stress, as well as the indirect effects if poor blood sugar control. Consuming a high quality diet not only protects the brain from these mental changes, but also provides a more consistent level of energy to drive mental function. Those interested in maintaining or improving mental capacity and mood should take special care to obtain a high quality diet.
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