Packed with omega-6 fatty acids, margarine is known to spike insulin levels and affect your perfectly good mood. Try to opt for a more natural option, such as coconut or olive oil, can not only give the same result in terms of taste, but it is a much healthier alternative. So next time refrain from slathering your toast in margarine and watch the happy mood continue all day long!
Dried fruit is probably the easiest food to snack on during the day, but many people make the mistake of adding peanuts in the mix. These little nuts are full of food additives such as monosodium glutamate (MSG) - an ingredient that is known to trigger migraines, wheezing and breathing difficulties. Swap the peanuts for cashew nuts or dates - both dried fruit that give you a healthy boost.
No matter how tempted you are to have soda with your lunch, fight the urge! Fizzy drinks such as coke are full of carbohydrates. Even though you will feel an initial ‘kick’ after consuming 6-10 tablespoons of sugar, there is always an equal ‘low’ that results in a bad mood. Fancy a cold drink? How about juice or lemonade?
Bagels are marketed as the easy food for busy people. Running late for work? Grab a bagel and munch on it on the way. If you are doing this, then you probably enter the office in a hulk-like mood. This is because they contain high levels of refined carbohydrates. Next time you reach for a bagel, think about how you will feel after an hour - and then pick up an apple and walk out the door.
As the most consumed snack, crisps have earned a name for being inexpensive and quick to eat - however they are known to be very, very bad for your mood. They literally take your happy and put you in a sullen mood - resulting in headaches, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Throw out the crisps and bring in some unsalted pop-corn, they not only fill you up but they are low-fat and high in fiber.
If you are planning to have a sandwich soaking with margarine, a bagel and peanuts for a snack and potato chips as an after-meal snack, accompanied with a fizzy drink - you should be prepared for a whole afternoon of mood swings. Why? Because you just managed to eat 5 foods that scientifically are known to destroy your good mood (and, not to mention, your health!)
So before you rip open that packet of salted crisps, read about the effect it can have on your mood: