Mood-boosting comfort foods may lower stress during challenging times

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The pandemic is causing uncertainty and upheaval in our everyday life, taking a toll on our routines, relationships and physical and mental health. Many of us have been turning to food for comfort, with sales of staples like meat, flour and eggs spiking in recent months.

It could be due to biological drive. New research, published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, found meat plays an important role in our mental health. The study found clear evidence that those who avoid eating meat tended to have higher rates or risk of depression and anxiety compared to those who include meat in their diet.

Celebratory foods like ribs, bacon and steak can even help lift our spirits and mark special occasions – even if you’re just rejoicing that it’s summertime. Perfect for a backyard barbecue, this delicious Steakhouse Skewers recipe is a great way to toast the warm weather with family or friends, even if at a distance. Just click to go to the recipe!

Check out the Eat Well. Live Well. guide for more recipes that celebrate how to eat well. Click for the eBook or order your own printed copy here.

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