According to a study, eating eggs can regulate a person’s mood and make them less angry.
The body uses a compound found in a variety of shelled foods to make serotonin — the stuff that makes us happy.
Researchers believe the amino acid tryptophan is key after testing men found it reduced aggressiveness by up to 60 percent.
They studied 168 men, ages 35 to 55, who had been referred from work for anger counseling.
Their diets were compared to those of colleagues who had not been referred.
It turned out that the more aggressive men were fatter and heavier. Researchers at Shahid Beheshti University in Tajrish, Iran also found that those who ate the most protein, such as eggs, were less likely to show aggression.
Eating apples, oranges, cucumbers, and tomatoes also helped, while rice, pasta, and bread tended to increase aggression.
dr Behnaz Abiri said, “Tryptophan is abundant in eggs and affects the plasma level of tryptophan and therefore the level of serotonin in the brain.”
“A diet high in quality protein, fruits, and vegetables can play a protective role against aggression.”
The nutritionist Dr. Nutrition Communications’ Carrie Ruxton said the study “might explain why eating eggs a few times a week helps regulate our mood.”
She added that previous studies have shown that healthier dietary fats, B vitamins, and fiber can also help calm the behavior.