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Eating To Beat The Blues

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Our kids always liked passages like this when they weren’t feeling well, and there’s a lesson in it for you, too!

In Winnie the Pooh, gloomy Eeyore tries to push aside depression: “It’s snowing still,” he says gloomily. “So it is.” (Answers Pooh.) “And freezing.” “Is it?” (Pooh again.)

“Yes,” says Eeyore. “However … we haven’t had an earthquake lately.”

If that doesn’t bring a smile to your face, head to the kitchen for some comfort food, but choose wisely! If you’re feeling blue, go for great-tasting fresh food, and here’s why: A new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals that eating inflammation-producing refined carbs and sugary foods can make you flat-out depressed.fruits and veggies

Looking at data about added and total sugars consumed by around 70,000 women, researchers discovered that those who ate high-glycemic index diets increased their risk of depression by 22 percent. The GI ranks foods by how fast it is converted to sugar in your blood stream from 1 (lowest/slowest) to 100 (highest/fastest). Foods with the highest GI include white bread, instant oatmeal, short-grain white rice, you get the idea. In general, processing and cooking style ups the GI. Juice is way higher than fresh fruit; mashed potatoes higher than baked; and soft cooked pasta higher than al dente.

yogurt-plainStudy participants who ate the most fiber, non-juice fruits and vegetables had a much lower risk of depression. So dig into 100 percent whole-grain cereal topped with fresh berries and walnut halves and a dollop of nonfat Greek yogurt. That’s happy food!

 

© 2015 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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