Monday, September 7, 2009

Are you a "Carb Craver"?

Craving Carbs: Is it Depression?
By: Kathleen Doheny and Reviewed By: Brunilda Nazario, MD

Does a bad day at the office of a tiff with your spouse send you marching to the cookie jar or the corner bakery?
Or do you find yourself at the vending machine every day precisely and 4 p.m. for some crackers or candy?
If either scenario fits, you're not alone. Many people crave carbohydrates--especially cookies, candy, or ice cream--when they feel upset, depressed, or tired.
"Carb craving is part of daily life," says Judith Wurtman, PhD, a former scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technolgy and co-author of The Serotonin Power Diet. She and her husband, MIT professor Richard J. Wurtman, have long researched carbohydrates and their link to mood and depression.
...they are convinced that the carbohydrates craving is related to decreases in the feel-good hormone serotonin, which is marked by a decline in mood and concentration.

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