Under the Hood

Foods That Give You A Bad Mood

Food can affect our moods. Having your favorite meal can make you the happiest person on the planet, but failing to eat on time while being busy can give that “hangry” feeling. 

You become irritable when hungry. However, eating can also leave you in a bad mood. 

Foods affect neurotransmitters in the brain. These important chemicals have been linked to emotions or feelings. 

For example, the neurotransmitter serotonin helps people stay relaxed. There is also dopamine that can increase focus. 

What we eat plays an important role in how these brain chemicals function. Foods can either give the building blocks for the neurotransmitters or disrupt balance in the brain, which both affect mood. 

Fast foods and baked goods are known for negatively affecting the brain. Studies showed that such highly-processed food products could contribute to depression, aggression, anxiety and other mental conditions. 

There are also foods that people commonly consume without knowing their impact on moods. 

Foods That Cause Bad Mood

Sweetened Food 

Many people love eating food with additional sugar or artificial sweeteners. They look and taste good at the same time, which makes them attractive. 

However, high consumption of sugary foods could trigger anxiety, irritability and depression. Too much sugar in the body could also disrupt its ability to fight stress, according to DrAxe.com.

Artificial sweeteners have also been linked to headaches, mood disorders, dizziness and migraines.

Alcohol

Almost everyone is excited to join the TGIF night after a long workweek. Having some bottles of beer or glasses of wine makes the night more fun and exciting. 

However, alcohol forces the brain to work harder to produce hormones that increase feelings of stress and anxiety. It could also reduce the levels of serotonin, or the “feel good” hormone, which could give you a bad mood.

Agave Nectar

Agave nectar burst is a sweet natural ingredient that contains low levels of glycemic index scale. It has been widely used on pancakes and other desserts.

But agave nectar is also a highly processed food, which removes the nutritional value from its naturally occurring juice. After the production process, the sweetener becomes filled with fructose, which contributes to metabolic syndrome.

Margarine 

Margarine and other butter-like products may contain bad fats that increase inflammation and high levels of omega-6 fatty acids. They mess with your mood by blocking the natural mood enhancers omega-3 fatty acids.

Coffee

Too much coffee in the body during the day could lead to caffeine overdose, which may affect neurotransmitters and hormones. Coffee could alter mood and trigger anxiety-like feelings. 

Coffee Estimates show that 64 percent of the population in the U.S. drink a cup of coffee every day. Pixabay

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