There are several reasons why winter is the most depressing season of the year. It’s cold, wet and the rise in crime increases during the beginning of the season. If that isn’t bad enough, more cases of depression are diagnosed during the winter in America. According to www.npr.org more food is consumed during the winter than any other season of the year attributing to the rise of depression. This phenomenon is not only due to the primitive instincts humans have to eat more during the winter months, but also because of the many holidays where food is the center of attention. What many people do not know is that certain foods have a direct link to depression and should be avoided. Some of these foods include:
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Not only will (HFCS) make you fat, but it will contribute to depression. The high contents of sugar have a negative effect on the body due to a chemical reaction between fructose and the body’s natural stress hormone, serotonin.
Alcohol is a depressant and is full of empty calories with absolutely no nutritional value. While alcohol in moderation can add to a great social event, binge drinking can contribute to depression or if depression is already present, can make it worse.
This flavor enhancer has been widely used in the food industry to improve the flavors of meats, soups, salad dressings, and canned foods, but it is rarely brought to consumer’s attention that MSG has a negative neurological effect on the brain and is linked to diseases like depression, Alzheimer’s and heart disease.
The rise in depression in America has become epidemic. While more people are being diagnosed with depression, the rising numbers of suicides rapidly follow. As summer comes to a close and families prepare for the harsh winter, they should also keep in mind while stocking up on food to stay away from these “silent killers.” Winter can be a joyous and festive season as long as you stick to a healthy diet and become more aware of what is in your food and what it can do to your brain.