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Mood Boosting Foods

By Ana Mantica, "Eat to Beat the Blues," March/April 2010

Boost your mood with these uplifting foods.


READER'S COMMENT:
"So this article says that you should eat whole foods then encourages consuming low fat, refined dairy? Saturated fat from grass fed animals is good, whether it's dairy or meat, as long as it's whole and organic so it retains its vitamins...

2. Go ahead: order the bagel.

In a new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, people who for a year followed a very-low-carbohydrate diet—which allowed only 20 to 40 grams of carbs daily, about the amount in just 1⁄2 cup of rice plus one piece of bread—experienced more depression, anxiety and anger than those assigned to a low-fat, high-carb diet that focused on low-fat dairy, whole grains, fruit and beans. Researchers suspect that carbs promote the production of serotonin, a feel-good brain chemical. Also, the challenge of following such a restrictive low-carb diet for a full year may have negatively impacted mood, says study author Grant D. Brinkworth, Ph.D.

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