Comfort Food May Be Depressing You

Many people turn to sugar-laden snacks when they feel blue. They hope the delicious taste will help them feel better. Those yummy foods aren’t helping and when it comes to depression they could be doing actual harm.

Findings in a recent study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggest a link between foods that raise blood sugar levels and an increase in the potential for experiencing depression. The study measured data from about 70,000 postmenopausal women regarding the food they ate and the depression symptoms they experienced.

Foods with added sugars proved to have a strong association with depression. Mann also noted the amount of influence such foods have on depression could depend on how much of them someone eats in comparison to their entire diet.

Fortunately a better diet including choices like fiber, fruit, and vegetables should mean lower chances of suffering from depression. The study found diets where women ate more of these foods correlated with “lower odds of incident depression.”