Healthy Weight Loss and Mood
Perhaps we are drawn toward higher-carb foods like potatoes, rice, pasta, and so on because they make us feel better, at least at the moment. They may relieve down feelings, and that could be why they’re called “comfort food.”
Eating a lot of carbs produces a bunch of serotonin in your nervous system, and serotonin carries pro-mood effects. But being overweight is a high price to pay for such momentary comfort.
Could loading up on heavy carbs contribute to why more than 80% of people with depression are overweight?
Regardless, Medical News Today says research has linked low levels of serotonin to memory problems and mood disorder and may play a role in depression.