Blue Monday: a plate of pasta to fight the saddest day of the year

Blue Monday: a plate of pasta to fight the saddest day of the year

Blue Monday is the name given to a day in January (typically the third Monday of the month) claimed to be the most depressing day of the year.

What is the secret to facing the saddest day of the year? A good plate of pasta! Pasta is not only the queen of the table and a gratification for the palate that is good for conviviality but also a food to stimulate endorphins, also known as “hormones of happiness”. This is supported by several scientific studies and by experts who explain to us what is the mechanism underlying the satisfaction and psycho-physical well-being that is reached after consuming an excellent plate of spaghetti with tomato sauce or a delicious carbonara.

Pasta is a good choice because:

It is a natural no stress food – Consume carbohydrates in the evening, especially if they are rich in fiber, helps you to lower the cortisol in the blood, the “stress hormone”. Goodbye nervous hunger!

Combats insomnia – Complex carbohydrates, such as pasta, ensure a sufficient supply of tryptophan that is the precursor of serotonin, the “relaxing hormone”. Nothing better than a good plate of spaghetti at dinner for a good sleep!

Pasta helps the good mood– The consumption of cereals improves your intestinal wellness with positive results on your state of mind. Moreover, in women, carbohydrates help to regulate swelling and mood swings related to premenstrual syndrome.