Food is a major part of our lives, but everything you’re swigging, dipping, chomping down on, and sipping could be leading you straight into a funk. These days, Americans are eating a lot of Unhappy Meals. Everyday foods void of important nutrients, minerals, and healthy fats are also laden with jaw-dropping levels of sugar and dangerous fats that research has linked to depression. The stress of modern-day life makes it easier to cave in to the temptations of what psychiatrist Drew Ramsey, MD, co-author of The Happiness Diet, calls MAD—the Modern American Diet.
Avoid the following 10 foods that can wreck your mood—brought to you by the creators of The Happiness Diet—and you’ll be on the fast track to a happier body and mind!
The Joy-Killing Truth: Agave is promoted as a healthy, natural sweetener, but that’s simply a myth. “Agave isn’t a health food,” says Dr. Ramsey. “People have been misled.” Billed as healthy because it does not raise blood sugar, the excess fructose in agave increases the risk of metabolic syndrome, setting the stage for brain shrinkage and mood instability.
Healthy Switch: All types of sweeteners should be used in moderation, but turn to real maple syrup (make sure the label reads 100% maple syrup and lists no high-fructose corn syrup) and local honey for healthier sweetening options, advises Dr. Ramsey. These contain traces of important minerals and powerful plant antioxidants that promote health.