Is your favorite comfort food actually bumming you out? It sounds too cruel to be true, but there are indeed foods that may depress your mood. If you’re feeling crummy for no apparent reason, then your snacks just might be to blame. Sadly, digging into that pint of ice cream after a breakup may only make matters worse.
And of course it isn’t the healthy foods that are the culprit. I could find no correlation between, say, baby spinach and bad moods. It’s mostly the junk food camp that’s responsible, the sweet, salty. fried things that provide more taste than nutrition. Anything that is processed or refined is probably on the sad snacks list.
This isn’t to say you have to give up these foods forever — I certainly don’t want to live in a world without grilled cheese sandwiches on white bread. But it’s a handy thing to know if you’re randomly feeling down sometime. Maybe the vending machine cookies are the cause? Overall, you can know which types of food to avoid in order to keep your spirits up. And on the flip side, there are also foods that can make you feel happier and boost your mood overall. Here’s to happier snacking for everyone.