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Sustain's Food and Mental Health Project ran from 2006 to 2013, looked at the growing evidence linking what we eat to the way we feel and behave.

The brain is one of the largest organs in the body and, like our hearts, livers and other organs, it is affected by what we eat and drink. However, unlike with other organs, the links between diet and the brain - and hence how we think and act - are not yet widely recognised.

Read more about the link between food and mental health

Changing Diets, Changing Minds: how food affects mental health and behaviourChanging Diets, Changing Minds: how food affects mental health and behaviour

The report pulls together the published evidence linking what we eat to how we feel – from foetal brain development to adolescent behaviour through to Alzheimer’s disease. The report proposes that the changes to the food system seen in the past century may be partly responsible for the rise in mental health and behavioural problems at the same time. 

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