For example, does the positive beleif that fruits and vegetables have a greater health benefit if we beleive in their health effects, and in contrast do foods perceived in the media as bad for you, like carbs, actually become worse for us because we believe they are worse for us? Afterall a study found a group of people became drunk after drinking several pints of beer, only to find out they were non alcoholic. If our minds have the ability to produce this effect why not another that may effect out health?
Our beliefs towards things have a huge effect on our health, and the wealth of evidence to support this is growing quickly.
I wrote a blog on my other website www.mind-bodywellness.co.uk highlighting the powerful effect of how our beliefs about stress actually effect our health independent of the stress itself. Basically a study found those in the low stress group who believed stress was bad for health actually had a higher risk of death than those actually in a high stress group but who beleived stress was not a problem on health. Emphasising the suggestion that it's how people perceive stress is more the problem than the stress itself.
This got me thinking about how we perceive and view foods. Would a negative belief about food have an effect on out health irrespective of the actual nutritional and health effects of that food per se?
Hence I wrote this blog, which you can view by clicking on following title: So do beliefs towards foods have as much of an affect on our health as the actual food itself?