Foods Than Can Wreck Your Mood

Food is a major part of our lives, but everything you’re swigging, dipping, chomping down on, and sipping could be leading you straight into a funk.

Soda – The Joy-Killing Truth: It’s estimated that the average American drinks a whopping 600 sodas a year. These drinks turn to fat inside our bodies, sending our moods plummeting after the initial sugar rush.

 Margarine – The Joy-Killing Truth: For decades, scientists debated what was healthier for humans, margarine or butter. Now, the science is clear—margarines made of inflammation-promoting, industrial fats are harmful, and the high levels of omega-6 fatty acids could tamper with our mood and healthy insulin levels, too. Food corporations continue to change formulations, but the same thing is clear: Margarine is fake food, and the body doesn’t know how to deal with it.

 Potato Chips – The Joy-Killing Truth: Between the winter holidays and football season, it’s nearly impossible to dodge potato chips. But those taters are likely fried up in oils laden with omega-6 fatty acids that block out mood-enhancing, brain-building omega-3 fatty acids. Frying potatoes also creates the carcinogen acrylamide.

 Bagels – The Joy-Killing Truth: Many of us grew up being told bagels are healthy. The truth is, these breakfast favorites are packed with refined carbs that result in a major energy crash and mood bust before lunchtime. Plus, companies are doubling the size of bagels compared to just a few decades ago.

 Sugar-Packed Sweet Potatoes – The Joy-Killing Truth: Many packaged sweet potatoes and even homemade recipes for candied or marshmallow casserole sweet potatoes call for multiple cups of sugar that will start the suffering process for your brain and mood minutes after eating. High blood sugar levels actually age our blood vessels, shrink our brains, damage vision and nerve function, and increase our risk of depression and Alzheimer’s disease.

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