With the onset of cold weather, many are attracted to heavy food rich in carbohydrates. Such a change in diet can have a negative impact on health.
British nutritionist Joe Hollington has dispelled the popular myth that this is how the body stores nutrients for the winter. A man is not a hibernating forest animal, the expert jokes.
“Hormones are to blame for everything,” Hollington told Cosmopolitan. When it gets dark early, the body's production of serotonin, the hormone responsible for good mood, decreases. Eating foods high in carbohydrates triggers the release of insulin into the bloodstream, which helps the body convert tryptophan to serotonin, the expert explains. The body unconsciously craves carbohydrates to improve mood.
Hollington has suggested several foods that can help stimulate serotonin production without harming your health. She advises to eat more broccoli, zucchini and carrots, if possible replace creamy sauces with tomato. She also recommends choosing brown rice and whole grain pasta - they take longer to digest and gradually release glucose into the bloodstream, which can help reduce spikes in blood sugar and reap the benefits of slower energy release.