Your Favorite Foods and Drinks Can Ruin Your Mood

Six hot dogs cooking on a gas-fired barbeque grill. Flames licking the bottoms of the polish dogs are visible below the grill's grates.

There's nothing summertime cookouts and having a tasty hot dog straight from the grill. Before you wash it down with a soft drink, you may want to read on. 

We are all aware certain foods can be bad for our physical health, it turns out some of your favorite eats can also wreak havoc on your mental health. Many tasty foods we love to chow down on can increase inflammation that not only leads to chronic disease, but also has a negative affect on our hormones, which can put folks in a really bad mood according to Sue Ryskamp, a senior dietitian at Michigan Medicine’s Frankel Cardiovascular Center,Here's check list of fods  

So, which foods do you need to stay away from if you don’t want to experience such mood swings? Of course, many of them are delicious, even if they are high in saturated fat and simple carbohydrates.

Among the worst:

  • Macaroni and Cheese – Mac and cheese is just filled with high saturated fats which can directly affect your hormones. Ryskamp doesn’t think people should give it up all together, but suggests having a small portion with a vegetable high in plant hormones that can balance the negative affects.
  • Soda – The sugar in soda, usually from high fructose corn syrup, can have a huge affect on insulin levels, even worse than that of table sugar. And that's bad because insulin is a important hormone that helps our body use energy in food.
  • Hot Dogs – Processed foods like these are high in saturated fat, which can contribute to inflammation and can throw off our hormonal balance. Ryskamp suggests that when you do have one on occasion, try to eat a less processed dog, like say an organic frank.
  • Candy – Refined starches and sugars can alter hormones, and that goes for so-called healthy sugars like agave and honey. Experts suggest limiting sweets and goodies as much as possible.

Source: New York Post

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