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YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT AND DO NOT EAT

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GCSE Food Technology

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RIZWANA PATEL

ACCESS BIOLOGY

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT AND DO NOT EAT

''You are what you eat.''1 The food we consume determines our physical and psychological health. The muscles in the body, and the blood flowing through the veins, are all supplied by the food that we consume. These foods also have an effect on the way the brain functions, and an effect on the body's performance. People might say they are hungry and genuinely believe it when in fact they are feeling sad. This is due to the lack of neuro- chemicals in the brain which carry messages and control nerve impulses. When the right types of food are eaten, the neuro- chemicals contained in the foods enhances mental capabilities such as defusing stress. The serotonin, dopamine and endorphin levels in the brain change. Dopamine is related with alertness, used for fast reflexes, ''mental energy''2 and assists with problem solving. Serotonin helps to improve the mood and is a regulating hormone. It is important that a well balanced diet is consumed, eating an appropriate amount from each food group. Today's diet has drifted a long way off the ideal intake and balance of nutrients.

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