5 Foods to Avoid for Your Mental Health


| 4/22/2014 11:38:00 AM


Tags: Foods to Avoid, Mental Health, Brain Foods, Juliana Weiss-Roessler,

Bad news for people who reach for processed foods when they’re in a rush or feeling down: those “guilty pleasure” foods may not be bringing you as much pleasure as you think. Although sugary or carb-heavy foods might provide some instant gratification, they can end up doing more harm than good in the long run. Here are 5 foods that you should steer away from—or at least eat in moderation—in order to avoid getting into a mental slump.

French Fries
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French Fries (and Other Foods Full of Saturated Fat)

It’s all too easy to give in to the lure of French fries, especially if you feel like you don’t have time to cook and have kids who are clamoring for fast food. Unfortunately, French fries are high in saturated fat, which is difficult for your body to digest. As your body works to digest those fries, you may find yourself feeling dull and sluggish for the rest of the day—and that’s just the short-term effect. A study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found evidence suggesting that women who consume the highest amount of saturated fat have worse cognitive functioning and memory over time.

Bagels (and Other High-Carb Breakfast Foods)

A fresh bagel with cream cheese might be a delicious occasional treat, but it’s not something you should eat for breakfast every morning. High carbohydrate breakfast foods like bagels, pancakes, and French toast increase your levels of tryptophan, that same chemical in turkey that makes you feel sleepy after your Thanksgiving dinner. In fact, researchers at MIT found that people who eat a carb-filled breakfast have tryptophan levels four times higher after two hours than those who eat a protein-filled breakfast. If you’ve been feeling low on energy lately, your breakfast might be the culprit.

Hot Dog
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Hot Dogs

Packaged meats like hot dogs and sliced deli meat may make for a convenient lunch, but they also contain nitrates, which have been linked to migraines, low moods, and swollen ankles (which might just put you in a worse mood). Nitrates can be found in basically all manufactured meat because they’re a preservative used to keep that meat fresh, so try to avoid these products or at least look for versions that are labeled as nitrate-free.

ryan
1/14/2016 5:34:12 AM

There are many foods in my list that improve the mental health. But I agreed with the author that some foods really affect the brain health especially processed foods. Know about the foods that combats cancer here:- http://www.angelmeds.com/blog/list-of-foods-that-combats-cancer.html





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