My husband came home yesterday and told me that the reason I'm so crabby (I don't think I'm crabby... maybe it's just him!) sometimes on this diet is because the fat in the bacon I eat makes me crabby. It reacts with some chemical in my body and causes mood swings. He wasn't exactly precise when he told me this information. I think it sounds like hog wash, but wanted to know if anyone else had heard anything like that. Hog wash... hahahaha!
i think he comes home to a bacon smelling house and he gets crabby for some bacon
Tell him that if he thinks the bacon makes you crabby then you will start eating it covered in dark chocolate to see if it helps. Hee hee.
I only get crabby when I run out of bacon and so far I haven't figured out how to get a 24 hour bacon IV drip.
I ran a search on PubMed. There's one study out there that claims high fat in the morning can have an adverse effect on energy levels and mood, but they don't say whether they corrected for carb withdrawal symptoms when they tested this. They also say that this effect doesn't happen later in the day.
There are some other studies that suggest omega-3s might help mood, esp in diabetics, and bacon doesn't have omega-3s unless you feed the pigs fish oil.
(Also other stuff out there that may or may not contradict and/or support the above; I'm a beginner at reading research abstracts!)
So maybe hubby heard a garbled form of some of these studies (or similar), and drew some incorrect conclusions? Or the conclusions were already incorrect when they reached his ear?
Or he just wants you off bacon. Who knows?
Huh. I know that when my husband (rarely) eats crappy food with refined flours and crappy oils, he gets crabby and mood swingy (though he goes back and forth on whether he agrees with me on this). There should be some word for this, SAD-PMS? PSADS (post-SAD-syndrome)? So anyway, maybe he's crabby and is just projecting :)
Though I do know that eating nitrate-y cured bacon a lot can make my stomach wonky, which totally makes me crabby.
Crazy talk! I could see getting crabby about running out of bacon, but not from eating it.
n=1 of course, but one of my girlfriends has a little boy with autism, and she has told me that he is most calm and well-behaved after he eats bacon.
Here's one about low fat adversely affecting mood: Alterations in mood after changing to a low-fat diet
The results suggest that a change in dietary fat content from 41 to 25% energy may have adverse effects on mood.