According to Science, Donuts Can Actually Make Us Sad

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It may taste good in the moment, but a study in Molecular Metabolism finds that a diet high in processed sugar and saturated fat can cause harmful inflammation in areas of the brain responsible for mood.

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Such inflammation leads to neural changes related to anxiety and depression. It could very well be a negative feedback loop, where eating junk food makes you depressed, which leads you to comfort yourself with more crappy food, which makes you feel even worse.

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Bottom line: Use unsaturated fats like olive oil in lieu of butter when possible, and choose foods without a ton of sugar. And lay off the Krispy Kremes.

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