Why you may not know it, the type of foods you eat may be responsible for your mood swings and overall bad mood. The human stomach is like the second brain as it produces as much as 90 percent of the serotonin hormone which is responsible for making us feel good and generally being in a good mood.
What this means is that some foods may help to increase or reduce the levels of this hormone, which can inadvertently have an untoward effect on how we relate and interest with people. Here are some foods that are most likely putting you in a bad mood.
Snacks that have a high salt content will usually contain monosodium glutamate (or MSG). You can find information for this on the label of your snacks including bags of chips or canisters of peanuts.
Monosodium glutamate is a flavor enhancer that is commonly found in processed foods, and it may cause you to have a bad headache, body weakness and fatigue.
Almost all diet drinks contain the artificial sweetener, Aspartame. Diet coke contains an amino acid called phenylalanine and some scientific studies, like this one from the National Institutes of Health, found that this amino acid hinders the production of serotonin in the bodies of people that consume diet drinks.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps regulates our moods and keeps us happy. Instead of diet drinks, drinks such as iced tea or coffee that contains caffeine can help to improve your mood.
While a lot of us may know that Sugar is a big culprit of mood swings, you probably don’t know that packaged sweets are msde from artificial colours, which have been linked to reduced attention spans and hyperactivity—particularly in children.
If you want to take or give packed sweets, it’s best you reduce them to the barest minimum and stay off the ones at malls and stores.
Fries and certain foods from fast foods have high levels of trans fat which is unhealthy. The partially hydrogenated oils tend to increase the shelf life of most fast foods but also disturb your balance of omega-3s. Research from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center suggests that low levels of the fatty acid are associated with pessimism, depression and aggression.
Cereals And Snacks
While you don’t have to completely avoid taking cereals and snacks, it is important you make comparisons and check the labels of the different products to go with the one that contains 8 grams of sugar or less.
A lot of cereal brands contain. Loads of sugar which can help.to provide you with a temporary energy boost which will soon be swiftly followed by a crash. A sharp reduction in blood sugar levels below normal can result in a release of stress hormones which may trigger mood swings.
Margarine is basically trans fat and it is not only unhealthy for the body but may also be responsible for your mood swings. Trans fat affects your mood and makes you an unpleasant person. It is best you avoid cooking with margarine and instead make use of butter to potential improve your mood.
Canned beans and soups also contain monosodium glutamate and excess sodium which can have a bad effect on your mood. If you’re feeling less than happy after eating a meal of canned food, you may want to check the label.
A study conducted at Yale School of Medicine, have shown that monosodium glutamate interferes with areas of the brain that regulate mood and formation of memory. What better reason to avoid canned foods containing MSG?