After an icky, stressful day, or hearing some really disappointing news, theres nothing like a big gooey plate of comfort food to soothe the soul
Or is there?
I read yesterday that the very foods we tend to turn to when feeling down could be responsible for making us feel even more depressed. In a long running study, scientists discovered that cutting back on unhealthy fats (like those found in dairy a major component of my own personal favourite comfort food macaroni cheese) could cut down the risk for clinical depression.
In fact, foods containing the bad trans fats, like crisps (another of my weaknesses) cookies and pastries, actually increase your chances of becoming depressed. In the 11-year study, people who scoffed the most trans fats actually experienced a more than 50% jump in their risk for depression, which is kind of scary.
By the same token, increasing your intake of the good fats: polyunsaturated and monounsaturated, could help make you sunny and smiley again. These fats are known to dampen the inflammatory actions that mess with the production of feel-good neurotransmitters in your brain.
So, next time I am feeling lousy, I need to turn to nuts, avocados and olive oil to make myself feel better somehow, it just doesnt sound as effective as a bubbling-at-the-edges, golden-brown-topped serving of macaroni cheese, but I guess those scientists know what theyre talking about!