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Five Foods That Make You Happy and Others That Make You Sad

We have all heard the saying "You are what you eat." This common phrase implies that the types of foods you consume directly correlate with your outer appearance. But your food affects your body in more ways than one.

Researchers have conducted experiments and studies to discover how foods make an impact on a person's mood. There are several main components in foods that can have a large effect on your feelings throughout the day. Some may surprise you. Here are five foods that make you happy and five foods that make you sad.

Let's start with the good news first.

5. Spinach

Not only does this leafy green make you strong like Popeye, but two components play a huge role in boosting your mood to keep you from becoming depressed: folic acid and magnesium. Consume at least two cups of spinach to satisfy your daily folic acid needs and you'll stay focused and concentrated all day long with a good mood. You can easily add spinach to a salad, sauté for a simple side at dinner or blend into a smoothie if a vegetable smoothie is your thing.

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