Book Review: Food and Mood for 2009

Reviewed by Rosalind Michahelles, Certified Holistic Health Counselor

Let’s face it— we’d all like to eat something to brighten our mood…..and it doesn’t at all brighten our mood to hear that we should cut out sugar, though many in the field of nutrition agree that added sugar in any consistent quantity is ultimately a depressant.

Sugar, when first consumed, picks you right up, as digestion turns dietary sugar into blood glucose, which fires the brain. But then the pancreas responds with insulin to bring the blood glucose into healthy bounds, whereupon your mood droops – and you get a little fatter into the bargain. In fact, too much sugar is rather like an economic bubble. It feels great at first but “Buyer, beware!”

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