Depression has a nasty habit of making simple tasks seem daunting. The last thing anyone would want to do is cause their depression to get worse than it already is. Some foods can exacerbate your depression, and in that case, it is best to avoid them at all costs. Here are five foods to stay away from if you’re depressed.

White Rice Is Not As Harmless As It Seems

White rice, not to mention white bread, white flour pasta, and white potatoes can take a toll on your psyche. These foods are mainly simple carbohydrates and can cause what is known as “insulin dumping”. This surge of insulin rids the body of blood sugars very quickly, causing them to metabolize. Then comes the release of a bunch of hormones, which can excite the nervous system and trigger anxiety, panic, and depressive feelings.

Some Bad News About Coffee

Drinking too much coffee, or any caffeine for that matter, can lead to restlessness and anxiety, both of which are not friends of depression. Also, the caffeine high you feel will inevitably lead to a crash where your mood drastically drops. That drop will often leave you lower than you were to begin with.

French Fries — Say It Isn’t So

It isn’t just French Fries, but any fried food that can have a negative impact on your depression. Fried foods, particularly those made with hydrogenated oils, contain a lot of trans and saturated fats which have the unfortunate side effect of preventing blood from flowing to the brain. While it may seem like French Fries should be able to cheer you up, it turns out they have the opposite effect.

Artificial Sweeteners Will Not Sweeten Your Mood

Depression is often caused by the brain not producing enough serotonin, the body’s neurotransmitter responsible for mood and sleep regulation. Artificial sweeteners have the nasty side effect of potentially blocking your body’s production of serotonin, so you can see why its best to avoid them. That means no diet soda or anything else labeled sugar-free if you want to avoid feeling even worse.

Yet Another Reason Not To Drink Soda

Real sugar isn’t quite as bad for your depression as fake sugar, but it’s still not great. Research supports that there is a noticeable correlation between high sugar diets and depression. One of the reasons for this may be that sugar is easy for the body to break down, causing a crash when that sugar is metabolized.