High GI Food and Depression

Did you know that high glycemic index (GI) food can cause depression? Contrary to popular belief that fast food, sugary treats, and pastries (examples of high GI food) can bring comfort, they actually, in turn, increase the risk of developing depression symptoms. It’s not comforting after all 🙁

Clearly, these unhealthy foods are not only bad for physical health but mental as well.

How is this possible?

When food with high GI is consumed excessively, the plasma glucose level in the body (or blood sugar) has to be lowered down. This results in the secretion of autonomic counter-regulatory hormones such as cortisol, adrenaline, growth hormone, and glucagon. According to research, these hormones may cause depression, anxiety, irritability and even hunger. Why? It’s because they nullify the effects of insulin in the body.

So, what now? Should you ban your favourite foods out of your life?

If you are struggling with mental health issues, try your best to stay away from these foods. It’s tempting to feed your emotions. Learn more about emotional hunger here.

If you’re not, it’s always better to practise eating them in moderation to maintain both physical and mental health.


Do you find it hard to eat healthily? Especially during the working week? It’s so easy to opt for convenient and unhealthy foods just so that we can get our work done.

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