How the food you eat affects your brain – Mia Nacamulli

How the food you eat affects your brain – Mia Nacamulli

Your Brain on Food If you sucked all of the moisture
out of your brain and broke it down to its constituent
nutritional content, what would it look like? Most of the weight of your dehydrated
brain would come from fats, also known as lipids. In the remaining brain matter,
you would find proteins and amino acids, traces of micronutrients, and glucose. The brain is, of course, more than
just the sum of its nutritional parts, but each component does have
a distinct impact on functioning, development, mood, and energy. So that post-lunch apathy, or late-night alertness
you might be feeling, well, that could simply be the effects
of food on your brain. Of the fats in your brain,
the superstars are omegas 3 and 6. These essential fatty acids, which have been linked to preventing
degenerative brain conditions, must come from our diets. So eating omega-rich foods, like nuts, seeds, and fatty fish, is crucial to the creation and maintenance
of cell membranes. And while omegas are good fats
for your brain, long-term consumption of other fats,
like trans and saturated fats, may compromise brain health. Meanwhile, proteins and amino acids, the building block nutrients of growth
and development, manipulate how we feel and behave. Amino acids contain the precursors
to neurotransmitters, the chemical messengers that carry
signals between neurons, affecting things like mood, sleep, attentiveness, and weight. They’re one of the reasons we might feel
calm after eating a large plate of pasta, or more alert after a protein-rich meal. The complex combinations
of compounds in food can stimulate brain cells to release
mood-altering norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin. But getting to your brain cells is tricky, and amino acids have to compete
for limited access. A diet with a range of foods helps
maintain a balanced combination of brain messengers, and keeps your mood from getting skewed
in one direction or the other. Like the other organs in our bodies, our brains also benefit from a steady
supply of micronutrients. Antioxidants in fruits and vegetables strengthen the brain to fight off
free radicals that destroy brain cells, enabling your brain to work well
for a longer period of time. And without powerful micronutrients, like the vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid, our brains would be susceptible
to brain disease and mental decline. Trace amounts of the minerals iron, copper, zinc, and sodium are also fundamental to brain health
and early cognitive development. In order for the brain to efficiently
transform and synthesize these valuable nutrients, it needs fuel, and lots of it. While the human brain only
makes up about 2% of our body weight, it uses up to 20% of our energy resources. Most of this energy comes
from carbohydrates that our body digests into glucose,
or blood sugar. The frontal lobes are so sensitive
to drops in glucose, in fact, that a change in mental function
is one of the primary signals of nutrient deficiency. Assuming that we are getting
glucose regularly, how does the specific type
of carbohydrates we eat affect our brains? Carbs come in three forms: starch, sugar, and fiber. While on most nutrition labels, they are all lumped
into one total carb count, the ratio of the sugar and fiber subgroups
to the whole amount affect how the body and brain respond. A high glycemic food, like white bread, causes a rapid release of glucose
into the blood, and then comes the dip. Blood sugar shoots down,
and with it, our attention span and mood. On the other hand, oats, grains,
and legumes have slower glucose release, enabling a steadier level
of attentiveness. For sustained brain power, opting for a varied diet of nutrient-rich
foods is critical. When it comes to what you bite,
chew, and swallow, your choices have a direct
and long-lasting effect on the most powerful organ in your body.



  • algor unico

    Há alguns meses eu disse que amo açúcar e que mesmo que viciase eu diria foda se , não tô nem aí e vou continuar tomando e comendo açúcar custe o que custar . Meses se passaram e eu continuo tomando e comendo açúcar . Conclusão: Eu disse eu cumpro .

  • BadHombre

    Time to go feed my brain.

  • Isaiah Fields

    The sum up eat more healthy food or u gonna have brain/mental problems🤷🏼‍♂️

  • Rafael Motafer


  • somesh chandra sharma

    In indian philosophy there is a saying which basically says
    "A person is what he eats"
    That's why india is the biggest vegetarian country in the world.
    I'm proud to say I haven't tasted a single piece of meat in my whole life.

  • The L Games

    Oh no, trans fats? What does it identify as?

  • Ron Babu

    🧠 🧠

  • Roy D

    Nothing new. This is an ancient knowledge.

  • Vivek Kaushik

    This was very educational and eye-opener.

  • george s

    this vegan agenda video wont tell you that the are no essential carbohydrates and humans can live the best life at red meat and all kinds of meat..

  • Оля А

    Fine design

  • John Smith

    People generally get all the nutrients they need from eating food. The exception is when people are starving. Your brain will not function better from eating foods richer in essential nutrients because you already have as much as you can absorb. You won't become a genius. You can, however, eat lower-calorie foods to feel less sleepy and maintain a healthy weight or lose weight when necessary, avoid lots of sugar to help prevent the onset of diabetes and tooth decay, and avoid consuming tons of salt to avoid hypertension and other salt-related maladies. Nutrition science is absolutely full of quacks. Nature didn't make you so badly that you need to participate in health crazes like you see everywhere these days, like taking "shots" out of a shot glass of "super foods", or getting actual injections of common food components like folic acid. There is SO much money to be made from ignorance. If you really want to be healthy, learn to like foods that aren't bursting with flavor. Extreme flavor almost always corresponds with high calories. Exercise. You didn't evolve to sit around all day. You evolved to be running and jumping around. Sitting all day can also lead to depression and a reduction in bone density because your body is meant to be used. Basically, we know intuitively what is and isn't healthy, but we ignore it and look for easy ways out that don't exist. Lifestyle changes are the only solution.

  • dad that's not 20 minutes

    ok but how do i get all of them into my system that's a lot to buy and a lot to eat help lol

  • Hrvoje Batrnek

    What about ketons!? This knowledge is so outdated! You don't need carbs at all and you will function the best!

  • Von

    * drinking fanta *
    looks on YT
    doesnt fanta have aspartam?
    brain: yes it does
    clicks on video
    i should stop drinking fanta

  • DT

    Is this for kids?

  • The Wabbit King

    These ted explanations are nice and all, but it greatly magnifies things. When they say, food has an effect on your mood, how big is this effect? Is it even worth worrying about? Thats the questions i want answered

  • junior

    Excellent video, thanks! So, if I understood well, all those new "carbohydrates-free" diets are not really good for our brain, isn't it?

  • Mawn

    Me watching this video at McDonalds

  • Parchya Kongkum

    That’s a good video on the YouTube. I love to watch this channel.

  • catchy watchy

    How many of u enjoyed sofa ad before this video

  • Mystery of the Forest Flowers

    I feel like I'm the only person that thinks it's easier to eat healthy during school than on the weekends.
    Bring your lunch! Bring some cheese, vegetables, and some nuts! Boom you got a delicious healthy lunch!

  • RevealtheReal

    Do not eat fish. It’s not even funny how polluted they are nowadays. Even radioactive material is found in many fish.

  • Mats David Ranaxe

    Saturated fats, dangerous to the brain? Are you joking? We would be idiots from the start. Heated vegetable fats on the other hand, that’s very bad.

  • I Hate Living in Apartments

    Get to the point Ventura!

  • MrMrManMan

    Total bullcrap video. Why should saturated fats be any worse for the brain than "healthy" un-saturated fats?

  • Benjamin Damian


  • Rune league scape

    The link between antioxidants and free radicals have never been proven inside the human body, yet you state it as if it is true?

  • Santo Roy

    You know you thought of a doughnut @ 3:53

  • jeewan singh

    No one is absolutely wrong.

    Everyone is sharing their own views on a topic which is very deep, but has no correct answer. At least, not for now. Of course, when the mordern science is modified more and more(alliteration) and we do not destroy ourselves, then we will surely be able to someday answer "this comment".

    The question : "Are we a mind with a body or a body with a mind"

    (Mind is not the same as the brain, if someone has any confusion)

    The only thing I regret is the way the public has again and again given replies like : "You are wrong", "You are absolutely wrong" or "learn to take a joke".

    Many theories have been proposed from a long time and many of the have been proved not so correct, but that's how science grows. It is cummulative.
    I wish everyone to plz question every form of information given to your be your respective educational systems, because you never know how one question might change the course of human scientific endeavour / journey.



  • West Side

    Love the graphics illustration makes much fun to wacth

  • Sivaranjani SP

    Sir Does cashew nuts badams ,affects 60 year old man brain nd bp person pls father suddenly loss his short term memory.

  • Bojana

    i started eating healthy and i am so proud 🙂

  • Alka Nissar

    Thank u for letting us to know about the informations regarding health,mood and food

  • elizabeth ruiz

    It sounds like Deadpool is narrating this video.

  • joehoe222

    Still: What should I eat then ti gave a healthy brain. They call some things, but aren't specific!

  • Bianca Taylor

    Can you just feed high amounts of salmon to old people?

  • Vincent Gioielli

    This doesn’t explain a ketogenic diet

  • Ashley Milan

    That is a work of art

  • Rose Treiger

    What does a brain that's been on anti-cholesterol drugs for 10 years look like. Because they block nutrients/fats to the brain? Does it shrink? Is that why more people have parkinsons and alzheimer's disease that ever before because everyone is on them? Scary.

  • Elena

    so THATS why vegans are always so angry

  • yuranival

    I like the way microelements are pictured in this video.

  • •michh.///i•

    I don't love or need junk food so I just stay with homemade food.

  • Röda Pringles

    Nothing affects me, I just use law of attraction whenever I eat junk food.

  • Typhoon of Ideas

    I found it quite hard to follow though it's definitely possible. Great video, thank you.

  • sean maccormack

    50% australians have diabetes thats lack of knowledge and booming business,like cancer 170 billion a year its all scientifically made to do us over not i.

  • M M

    Free radicals and their alleged benefits are scientifically seen absolutely inaccurate!

  • YboMusic

    This is a comment

  • Michael S

    So bread is made from what? 🤦‍♂️ fail….

  • Dr Tooth

    Thank you for the advice. Eat a brain with a salad and some fruit. 🤮

  • Herp Derp

    Well we know soy turns you into an insane beta leftist. Now we have scientific proof.

  • Josie Schmo

    That dancing pear though…

  • h

    But you don't explain what we are looking for, if we want this in life we need to eat this etc.
    You should do a video to complete.

  • Gilda Afonso

    OBRIGADA 🤩😁😙🤗🤗🤗

  • Markov Soh

    Fresh oysters

  • matthew fung

    When Pepsi man goes job hunting.

    Sad times ;-;7

  • kawsar Miah

    I was expecting a sweet perky female voice but its all good 🙂

  • ali sadeghi


  • Fringes

    I've known it for so long that nuts are good for your brain. I eat all sorts of nuts when I'm studying.

  • Luna

    very well made 🙂

  • Höher wertiger

    food can affect my brain. but my life circumstances affect my brain infinit more.

  • Stephen Maxam

    hmmm so i guess this macdonalds is a no no …. even the donut GUT DAAMM!! being bad so easy

  • t p

    2:20 Like si querías que chocaran

  • JoJo Hamilton

    Am watching this whilst consuming Lentil chips and sipping Chardonnay 😄👍👌

  • Larry Putra

    how using YouTube kills your stem cells

  • Micah Pelster

    I’ve got more fatty acids than Jonah hill on a Friday night

  • Cougar Gaming

    So basically,have a well rounded and balanced way of eating. Fruits, vegetables,meat,carbs,cheese….etc.

  • glok1989

    I'm eating healthy most of the time, but still am depressed from the bs around me

  • Shawn Treelife

    I used to think that I had Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), a problem that makes you feel depressed when the weather's no good, but then I cut sugar out of my diet (aside from whole fruits) and I realized I do not have S.A.D. Essentially, sugar was negatively affecting my mood… now, I'm pretty much happy all the time, even on gloomy days!

  • Sandlin22

    4 am

  • Eye Of Black Roses

    Broo,let's become vegan you literary eating vitamins 😏😏Big Brain

  • Kurt Andrew Macías

    love ya

  • Mohammad Shahbaz

    4:05 and then comes the d**k

  • e schwarz

    Those foods are all so cute, how can I eat anything now? The mannequins are slightly creepy

  • Santiago Roman Jiménez Alvarado

    These lessons are very grate, thanks for the information, 🥥🏃

  • Sabbir Ahmed

    Bro ar kono jagai volok kirbana

  • Wolfgang Gunther

    We gonna talk about the psycho at 0:49 sleeping in between two pillows? Why bro? I need answers

  • Jules Vules

    The moment I heard serotonin I stopped taking this video seriously. It's probably just an indoctrinating joke.

  • L.O.V.E Drive

    And I was about to go to a McDonalds

  • TatTvamAsi

    Who else went and grabbed the rancid, raw pumpkin seeds, you forgot about in your cupboard, after watching this video?

  • Ethical rEVOLution

    EPIC Norfolk study showed ALA to DHA conversion is increased in vegans. So basically Omega 3 is higher in vegans than in fish eaters, because the body adapts to convert more. If you look at all of the studies there is overwhelming evidence that plant based diet is the most healthy, and eating animal products leads to all kinds of cardio-metabolic illness, degenerative disease and cancer. Animal agriculture is also destroying the environment, and the oceans could be dead by 2050 if things don't change. We all love animals, so how can we justify causing them harm, and causing such harm to our environment and our bodies just because we like how they taste? Go vegan. It's as easy as choosing plant milk at the supermarket. Eating a few spoonfuls of flax seeds a day for omega 3. For your health and the health of your family, and the future of our planet, and the well-being of the animals, eat more plants and cut out animal products.

  • Víctor Joel Ureña Peña

    Great video!

  • la.traveling.gringuita peacenlove

    It’s completely false that meat is protein. Basic science. Our bodies and animals bodies can’t naturally produce protein and need to eat plants or greens to begin the protein breakdown process. So when you eat an animal the protein you’re getting is recycled protein from plants. However, when I eat my protein as a vegan, I am eating the direct source of protein which Ian obviously healthier and much higher in protein than meat. Just a fun fact

  • Black Shinobi

    It's time for me to make some changes

  • Hollywood Moonshine

    Great video, thank you for the simplicity.

  • andthenifellinlove

    While watching this video, I was inspired to make myself a healthy smoothie (although I believe chewing food is better) instead of eating other snacks. I liked the animation.

  • sonali desai

    Go vegetarian !!
    Pls for animals sake do not cut their bodies and fry eat them no no pls no have some mercy its a request I know u will one day go completely vegetarian and u will be relaxed and will never have guilt in ur mind that u did something cruel !

  • Debz

    I’d love to see a comparison video of the effects of ketones and the brain as opposed to glucose.

  • Sinan Ergun

    I haven't been taking omega3 pills for 1 year. Once the video has finished I got two of them and I decided to get it every day. Thank you.

  • Big Smoke

    We don't actually need sugar right? So , if I don't eat sugar ever again in my life, I wouldnt have carb deficiency right?


    tongue wins vs class-consciousness and brains are happy.

  • H.AmZ.A

    Where can i learn about this in more details ??

  • Mgtow Saved My Life

    Only time I’m in a good mood is when I eat pizza, chicken wings, donuts, and arbys.

  • JmansFragments


  • The I

    Don't eat food, also this channel is made my an elitest secret society.

  • Mariangel Martinez

    Pam!! This workout got me sweating and I aint no beginner!! Love your workouts <3

  • Thiago Cordeiro da Silva


  • S. Kuro

    I thought the title said "How the food eat you".

  • Yulia

    Thank you for the ( always) useful information. ❤️

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