Apart from weight loss or detoxing goals, here’s yet another reason to eschew those refined carbs: New research has found that those who consumed highly processed carbohydrates (such as white bread, sugar, rice and soda) were at a greater risk for depression than those whose diets were high in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and dietary fiber. Researchers believe that the spike in blood sugar may be the reason why depression ensues, which is also often accompanied by anxiety, irritability and fatigue. Another possible reason is the impact healthy foods have on your overall outlook—providing a boost of self-satisfaction with every nutritious choice you make. Some simple ways to start eliminating refined carbs? Opt for whole grain pasta in Italian dishes, request brown rice in your sushi rolls and make fresh fruit your new dessert of choice. Do you notice a change in your mood based on what you’re eating? Sound off in the comments!