SLASHING SUGAR TO BOOST MOOD
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.