Long-term low carbohydrate diets have been linked with increased risk of depression. This likely occurs because carbohydrates trigger the production of neurotransmitters associated with wellbeing (serotonin and tryptophan).
Low GI sources of carbohydrates (complex carbs e.g. vegetables, some fruits, wholegrains etc.) provide a more moderate but longer lasting effect on brain chemistry, mood & energy levels in contrast to high GI foods (simple carbs e.g. sweets, sugar, etc.).
I will always recommend including low GI, complex carbohydrates in my clients’ diet unless medically contraindicated (doesn’t happen often). It ensures their mood, blood sugar & energy levels remain stable – and that they receive a variety of nutrients (fibre is a huge one!!!) that aren’t found elsewhere.
So make sure you get your 5 serves of vegetables, 2 of fruit & some wholegrains in your meals every day this week (and beyond)!