Food has so many emotional triggers for human beings. For example, while eating a favorite meal can cause feelings of comfort and happiness—binge eating can cause feelings of guilt, shame, and even anger.
Even though the eating of certain foods won’t cause depression outright, the cycle of eating (or rather, certain patterns of eating) can trigger depression if diets are too high in certain elements (i.e., saturated and trans fatty acids) or deficient in other vital nutrients (i.e., B vitamins and Omega-3 fatty acids).
Here are eight ways in which diet can increase your risk of depression…
1. Triggering Unhealthy Eating Cycles
It’s often difficult to determine if depression is the root of unhealthy eating or vice versa. However, research conducted and published by the Mayo Clinic indicates that depressed individuals tend to get trapped in an unhealthy cycle of bad food choices that exacerbate their depressive symptoms. For instance, the foods that go hand in hand with a stressful, sleep-deprived lifestyle—fast food, processed sweets, caffeine by the boatload—they all cause a temporary high followed by a sugar or carbohydrate crash and the inevitable need for yet another fix.