Feeling hungry can make even the best of us grumpy but there may be a larger connection between food and mood beyond feeling hangry! Numerous studies have shown that regular exercise and eating a balanced diet are key to preventing fatigue, stress and lessen your risk for anxiety. Current research at Tufts University is being conducted to study the connection between diet and mental health. Initial results show that highly processed foods and high refined carbohydrates have been linked to increased risk of anxiety and depression. However, diets with foods rich in whole grains, vegetables and omega-3s (such as the Mediterranean diet) have been linked to decreased risk of depression. The Mediterranean diet is also rich in folate, selenium and anti-oxidants, which have all been shown to have positive effects on not only mood but overall health.