Foods to Fight the Blues (Page 5)


4. Carbs

Cutting out carbs can have an unintended consequence: a foul mood. Researchers suspect that’s because carbs promote the production of serotonin. In a study from the Archives of Internal Medicine, people who followed a very low-carbohydrate diet for a year—which allowed only 20 to 40 grams of carbs daily, about the amount in just 1/2 cup of rice plus one slice 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.

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