Always keep in mind that eating small portions of any one food is not likely to raise depression risk, but it is best to avoid overindulgence. We all know that sometimes we to eat poorly. But our food choices may be leading to something other than an expanding waistline.
If our poor food choices become a habit, it can be associated with depression. Below are 5 foods you should to avoid in excess.
1. Fast Food
People who consume fast food are 51% more likely to develop depression, compared to those who don’t, that is according to a 2012 study. This includes hamburgers, commercial baked goods, hot dogs and pizza.
2. Foods Rich in Sodium
Excess amount of sodium can disrupt your neurological system, which may contribute to depression and can affect your immune system response, thus causing fatigue. Too much sodium may lead to fluid retention and bloating.
3. Hydrogenated Oil
Avoid eating fried cheese sticks, fried chicken, fried calamari and French fries. Any food that is cooked with hydrogenated oils and contains trans fats, may potentially contribute to depression.
Also watch out for saturated fats, found in animal products such as deli meats, high-fat dairy, butter, etc. They can clog arteries and prevent blood flow to the brain.
4. Refined Sugar
Refined sugar causes the blood glucose levels to plummet, which results in sugar hangover. This can deplete your energy, disrupts your mood and is linked to sleep disorders.
5. Refined Grains
White rice, pasta and bagels are foods that have been identified as inflammatory and have been linked to depression in women whose age ranges from 50-77, according to a study in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity.
The study looked at the eating habits of more than 40,000 women, who was not suffering from depression at the start of the study. It was proven that those who consumed inflammatory foods regularly, were more likely to suffer from depression by the end of the study.