A tub of ice cream, bags of chips, wad of tissues, teary-eyed girl drowning her sorrows. Sound familiar? Hopefully not! But did you know that junk food could make you depressed?
Ironic, isn’t it? If you frequently indulge in junk food, your happy high could evaporate into depression in the long run.
Studies and reports show a direct relation between junk food and depression. You won’t argue with the fact that junk food isn’t good for your health, so if eating junk food is going to harm your body, your brain is bound to be affected. Studies conducted by various universities and health institutions show that people who tend to consume junk food are 51%more likely to go through depression.
Junk food is a high source of trans fat, a sort of unsaturated fat which is, in plain words, not good for your body. As your consumption of junk food increases, so does the accumulation of this unwanted fat in your body. These fats and calories can make you feel lousy, tired, and sleepy all the time. Trans fats work towards an increasing waistline and a correspondingly plummeting self-confidence, thereby affecting your mental well being. You begin doubting your ability to perform tasks that you would have enjoyed before. Putting on weight may put you in line of some ridicule by your friends, coworkers and sometimes even family members. This may cause you to feel dejected and cause depression.
The same can be said about consumption of sugar and sweet products like candies and doughnuts. These are a definite risks to your oral health. Cavities are caused by the consumption of sugar that can weaken your teeth and cause bad breath. Cavities also increase your chances of a heart attack and other health problems that cause you distress and depression!
But do you totally crave for that sneaky snack?
You should check outsnack recipes from the Mediterranean diet. Rich in omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B and olive oil (which are known to prevent or lower rate of depression), these snacks make for a healthy, and very happy treat!