The Carbs-Depression Connection

By jayabee52 Latest Reply 2012-06-10 18:51:01 -0500
Started 2012-06-09 19:10:53 -0500

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If you reach for something sweet when you're stressed or angry - or simply out of habit - then you're definitely not alone. Many people reach for simple carbohydrates like candy, ice cream or cookies when they're tired or upset. Some researchers are convinced that carb cravings like this may indicate depression because they're linked to a drop in serotonin (see more here) ~

How does this fit you and your situation?

For your improved health


9 replies

Nick1962 2012-06-10 18:22:37 -0500 Report

I'm not a sweets person, so luckily, I don't have that struggle. For me it's salts - like Frito's corn chips or Triscuit crackers.
Trouble is i feel guilty buying them, opening the package, eating them and then depressed afterward. Just making it worse.

jayabee52 2012-06-10 18:46:56 -0500 Report

thanks for sharing Nick!

I had gotten on a kick for a while of eating Fritos cornchips with chili powder on them. I think I go both ways, sweets and salty. And yes one does feel guilty afterwards.

Nick1962 2012-06-10 18:50:00 -0500 Report

Peanut butter (chunky) and Frito samitch - my long lost favorite. Maybe one day if i ever find myself running a marathon (yeah, right).

Caroltoo 2012-06-09 19:15:56 -0500 Report

Definitely fits for me which is one of the reasons that I've gone very low-carb most of the time. It seems to work several ways for me: want carbs when I am feeling a bit down; eat carbs and can begin to feel a bit down; control carb intake and control the way I feel.

Have a couple of friends who say that they eat salty foods when they are feeling down. Another article I read linked these two responses as the two primary ways to respond to depressive feelings caused by depleted serotonin.

We are what we eat.

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