SLASH­ING SUGAR TO BOOST MOOD

Best Health - - BITES -

We’ve all eaten to boost our mood (read: ice cream on bad days), but there’s pow­er­ful ev­i­dence be­hind the push for the op­po­site: One study found that a diet high in sugar and re­fined car­bo­hy­drates (high-glycemic foods) could be a risk fac­tor for de­pres­sion in post-menopausal women. “Eat­ing more high-glycemic foods is linked with in­creased de­pres­sive symp­toms, fa­tigue and mood fluc­tu­a­tions,” says Bris­sette. High-glycemic foods – those high in sugar – are starchy and low in fi­bre and cause fast, mood-desta­bi­liz­ing re­leases of blood sugar. VER­DICT Reach­ing for low-glycemic foods, in­clud­ing most fruits and veg­eta­bles and whole grains, can help you lose weight and pro­mote men­tal well-be­ing. “If you have a sweet tooth, try to bal­ance that with a pro­tein and a healthy fat, like fruit with a hand­ful of nuts or seeds,” she adds.

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