Five Foods That Make You Happy and Others That Make You Sad

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Now for the foods that make you sad.

5. Caffeine

Yes, green tea is a drink that makes you happy, but other caffeinated beverages, coupled with lots of sugar, make you feel more anxious and tense. Decrease your sugary caffeinated beverages to less than two a day to stop feeling anxious or tense; you can even maintain a balanced sleep cycle.

Doughnuts are not the best way to start your day.

4. High-Sugar Treats

There's a reason we crash after having a lot of sugary treats like cupcakes, cakes, doughnuts and cookies. Your blood sugar goes high, giving you a headache, then you crash. Sugary treats are simple carbohydrates with a high glycemic index, making the sugar act fast, then stop, causing you to feel sluggish and tired. The combination of sugar and white flour in foods acts like a mood depressant, so be wary of those doughnuts before work, or you'll be tired and sluggish for the rest of the day.

Fried chicken may be a comfort food for you, but it is not a mood-boosting food.

3. Fried Foods

Many of us probably associate our comfort foods with fried chicken, fried catfish, fried Oreos or anything else that's fried. It may taste good while you're consuming it, but eating foods high in trans fats causes your brain to not work to its full potential and can increase your risk of being depressed if such foods are heavily consumed over time. Not to mention the fact that fried foods take hours to digest, so you're looking at hours of feeling sluggish.

2. Alcohol
As delightful as alcoholic beverages taste going down, along with the wonderful buzz they can deliver, over time, heavy consumption of them may lead to depression. Alcohol is a depressant, after all. If you're looking for a boost in your mood, you might think about limiting or stopping your consumption of alcohol altogether. Yes, we know, but still.

Opt for a different snack, like popcorn, instead of potato chips for a better mood throughout the day.

1. Potato Chips

We all love eating out of a bag of potato chips. However, the oils with omega-6 fatty acids that many potato chips are fried in block the omega-3 fatty acids that boost your mood and help your brain to function at optimal levels. Choose something like popcorn or baked fresh potatoes instead of the processed and fried chips that stop you from feeling happy.

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Or perhaps it's all the chemicals injected into the turkey when it's not organic.

Clifton Newjersee
Clifton Newjersee

The whole turkey makes me sleepy is inaccurate. True it does contain tryptophan but you'd have to eat about ten pounds of it to be a clinical dose. If you're sleepy after Thanksgimmie it's because of all the other high starch, high fat crap you ate.

Greg Feczko
Greg Feczko

I saw nowhere in this post where Starbucks would make me happy :) yet thousands line up every morning to get their full

gossamersixteen topcommenter

I beg to differ, fried chicken, more specifically spicy chicken wings are like prozac for me. Doesn't matter how lousy a day I'm having some spicy garlicky wings just makes my day.

Bruce_Are topcommenter

I believe the notion that turkey contains a high levels of L-tryptophan is an urban legend.

And how did Funyuns not make the happy list?

MadMac topcommenter

That makes me SO happy, you can have my share o' them.

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