7 Common Foods To Stay The F**k Away From If You Have Major Mood Swings

Foods that cause depression

Now, we may not get affected by an occasional doughnut or that glass of wine we like to have on special celebrations, but you’ll be surprised how adversely they affect our health—and that’s not just in terms of our physical health. Our simple food choices have a huge impact on how we feel, and it’s no coincidence why a slice of cake makes us feel happy for a little while and then makes us feel worse sometime later. There really are foods that cause depression and you need to stay as far away from them as possible. 

1. Oil

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Hydrogenated oils clog your arteries and prevent blood flow to the brain. | Photo Courtesy Of: PixNio

Love those french fries? Sadly, you’re going to have to stay away from them. There’s no harm in treating yourself when you’re celebrating. But, if you’re the type to celebrate with fries, fried momos, fried cheese sticks and fried calamari (you get the drift) on a daily basis, you’re going to have a problem really soon. Anything that is cooked with hydrogenated oil and contains trans fats is really bad for you. This does mean that you’ll also have to stop using that bacon fat you like to pour over everything, that sandwich that you ‘lovingly’ slather with lots of butter, and even full cream milk for your daily lassi. They all clog your arteries and prevent blood flow to your brain.

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2. Sugar & Artificial Sweeteners

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Sweeteners cause glucose levels to plummet after a spike. | Photo Courtesy Of: Flickr/JeepersMedia

Those cakes, candies, sugary doughnuts, and brownies do give us that sugar rush that we crave for in the middle of a dull day, but they also cause our blood glucose levels to plummet suddenly after the spike, which causes a sugar hangover of sorts. It definitely disrupts your mood, drains your energy, and is linked to many sleep disorders. Also, artificial sweeteners like Splenda and Sugarfree may contain aspartame which is known to block the production of serotonin and cause mood dips, headaches, and insomnia.

3. Fast Food

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Fast food momentarily boosts your insulin but leaves you tired and grouchy. | Photo Courtesy Of: Flickr/Lorena Cupcake

Yep. You heard that right. If you love gorging on pizzas and burgers or anything made with processed food, it’s bad news for you. Even white bread, pasta, and bagels are bad for you. They boost your insulin but then they leave you tired, irritable and grouchy.

4. Caffeine

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Coffee disrupts sleep. | Photo Courtesy Of: Pixabay

Many experts will say that even modest amounts of caffeine can lead to mood disorders. Studies even suggest that coffee drinkers scale higher on the depression scale than others. Caffeine disrupts sleep, and the most common things that contain caffeine are aerated beverages, black tea, coffee and energy drinks. Now, you must avoid energy drinks if you love your sleep or plan to at any point of time in the next 24 hours. Some of these drinks can have the caffeine equivalent of 14 cans of soda!

5. Alcohol

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Alcohol slows you down and exacerbates symptoms associated with depression. | Photo Courtesy Of: MaxPixel

That rare glass of wine or a mug of beer may not do any real harm to you, but drinking alcohol on a daily basis is definitely bad for you. It may make you feel good for a while, but it makes you dependent. Soon, you start experiencing trouble in taking in information through the senses and may have difficulty in doing simple tasks. It targets the central nervous system and it slows down motor function, thinking, understanding, and reasoning. It also controls emotion. Alcohol slows all this down, exacerbating symptoms associated with depression.

6. Salty Food

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Excessive sodium in foods can compromise your neurological system. | Photo Courtesy Of: Wikimedia Commons

Many fat-free foods are high on sodium to make them more appealing to your taste buds. They may be good for your waistline, but really bad for the rest of your body. The excessive sodium in these products can hamper your neurological and immune system. They cause fatigue and major mood swings. Too much salt in food can also lead to water retention and bloating, and you already know how annoying that is.

7. Trans Fats

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Consuming trans fats increases your risk of depression by 48%. | Photo Courtesy Of: Pexels

Trans fats are basically unsaturated fats that don’t occur in whole foods. They’re commonly used in margarine, snack foods, packaged baked goods and oil that is used to fry fast food. If you consume these on the regz, you raise your risk of being depressed by about 48%. Apparently, using olive oil in your food lowers the risk of you getting lots of health conditions, including depression.

So, while it’s going to be extremely tough for you to stay from these foods since now most of what we eat has at least some of these at any given point of time, you’re going to have to make a conscious effort to keep your mood swings at bay.

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