If you have a feeling of joy after eating, don’t be surprised. There is a scientific explanation! Diet is linked to how we feel, according to new research. Indeed, there is specific food that increases the sense of joy and satisfaction.

The hormones of happiness

Which hormones cause happiness? The four main chemicals in the brain responsible for happiness are dopamine, serotonin, endorphins and oxytocin.

Food that makes us happy

Dried fruit

They contain magnesium and act as shields in the body against stress. They contribute to better sleep quality.


It boosts mood, because it contains a compound called tryptophan. It’s converted to serotonin, the hormone that helps to regulate mood. Also a protein found in milk, lactose, has a calming effect on the body.

Black chocolate

We’ve got some great news here for you. Yes, chocolate makes you happy! You know it of course, but now there’s a scientific explanation. Dark chocolates are rich in antioxidants. Black chocolate also boosts the immune system, promotes heart health and improves cognitive function.

Fish, meat and eggs

Rich in carbohydrates, but also in tryptophan. In the egg, tryptophan is “hidden” in the yolk.

Banana, pineapple, avocado and plum

These are the fruits that are the richest in tryptophan, a basic amino acid that promotes the secretion of serotonin. It is a must for people with insomnia problems.


Tomatoes are an excellent source of lycopene, an antioxidant that protects the brain and fights depression.

Orange (and citrus fruits in general) and kiwi

Vitamin C is also important for good mood. It shields the immune system in addition to other illnesses and stress.

Nuts and seeds

Walnuts are rich in B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium and zinc, which maintain low levels of stress hormone cortisol. They also stimulate the production of endorphins which are later released into the bloodstream to stimulate euphoria, relieve stress and boost mood.


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