Does Belly Fat Make You Depressed?

While fat is often just thought of as storage in your body, it’s actually metabolically active tissue. Visceral fat is the fat behind the abdominal and wrapped around your organs. It’s particularly bad for the brain because it’s pro-inflammatory, and linked to depression and dementia.

Cutting back on fructose—found in sugary breakfast cereals, fruit drinks, and agave syrup—can significantly cut down on visceral fat. Stick to natural sweeteners like honey, and you’ll be eating to build a better brain

Drew Ramsey, MD

Drew Ramsey, M.D. is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. He is a clear voice in the mental health conversation and one of psychiatry’s leading proponents of using nutritional interventions. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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