Six foods that may be stealing your happiness!

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

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#1- Sugar. Significant studies show that the more sugar you consume, the higher your risk of developing depression. By drinking, just one 12-ounce can of soda per day, your increase your risk for depression by 5%. If you have two and a half cans of soda per day, that number jumps to 25%. The more sugar you consume, the greater your risk of developing depression.

#2- High-Glycemic Carbohydrates. Not all carbs are created equal, and those high-glycemic, I.E., potatoes, white bread, and white rice lead to a greater risk of depression. Even though they may not taste sweet, your body processes them the same as sugar. Try swapping out high-glycemic carbs for more low and medium-glycemic carbs, I.E., green vegetables, fruits, kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas, raw carrots, whole grain bread, and brown rice.

#3- Artificial Sweeteners. Saccharin, aspartame, sucralose, and stevia are just a few of the most common artificial sweeteners. Most commonly found in diet soda, artificial sweeteners increase your risk of depression. Multiple studies show the toxic effect they have on your brain, including but not limited to altering your brain concentrations and mood-regulating neurotransmitters and inhibiting the synthesis and release of “happy” neurotransmitters.

#4- Fried Foods. While it may seem counterintuitive that eating French fries can make you sad, eating fried foods increases your risk of developing depression. Studies show that the guilt you may feel after indulging in fried foods is more than just a feeling; it may be feeding into more long-term severe depression. If you eat fried food daily, try switching to weekly; if you have it weekly, try cutting back to once per month.

#5- Bad Fats. Research has found that individuals with diets including higher levels of trans fats have a higher level of depression. Hydrogenated oils, margarine, and shortening can lead to an increased risk of depression.

#6- Added Nitrates. Nitrates used to preserve and enhance color in cured meats and deli slices may increase your risk of depression. One recent study even suggests that nitrates tip your gut bacteria in the direction of bipolar disorder. If you must have your salami and sausages, look for those with buckwheat flour. Buckwheat flour is an antioxidant that will help counterbalance some adverse effects of these meats.

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