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Why does eating certain foods make us happy?

Digesting certain foods releases compounds that create mood-boosting brain chemicals. Eating bananas, spinach or turkey increases production of serotonin. Beef, pork and sunflower and sesame seeds contain high concentrations of glutamine, which is the building block of gamma aminobutyric acid, another brain chemical that helps stabilize mood.

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