We all know we should generally steer clear of certain foods—but many of them do more than just affect our physical health. They can also affect our mental state. These popular foods could leave us feeling sad and sluggish. Are a few minutes of joy worth the after effects?
Because caffeine affects your sleep patterns, it also affects your mood, and can increase anxiety and nervousness.
Eating anything that contains a lot of refined sugar will cause your blood sugar levels to quickly spike and then drop down again, causing headaches and fatigue.
Deep-fried anything is cooked in hydrogenated oils, which may contribute to depression, and the trans fats found in these foods can decrease brain function.
Alcohol depresses the central nervous system, which takes in information, and controls motor function, thinking and emotion. Alcohol consumption slows these functionings down, causing you to feel sad.
Fat-free foods often contain high amounts of sodium, to make up for the lack of fat, which can affect your neurological and immune systems, causing symptoms of depression and fatigue.
Processed carbs will impact your blood sugar levels in the same way that refined sugar does, which could mean a huge crash in mood and energy.
Artificial sweeteners could be affecting you more than you think. Products like Equal block serotonin production, which can cause mood changes, headaches and insomnia.