Psychobiological effects of carbohydrate- and protein-rich meals in patients with seasonal affective disorder and normal controls.

@article{Rosenthal1989PsychobiologicalEO,
  title={Psychobiological effects of carbohydrate- and protein-rich meals in patients with seasonal affective disorder and normal controls.},
  author={Norman Edward Rosenthal and M J Genhart and Benjam{\'i}n Caballero and Frederick M. Jacobsen and R G Skwerer and Robert D Coursey and Steven Rogers and Bonnie J. Spring},
  journal={Biological psychiatry},
  year={1989},
  volume={25 8},
  pages={1029-40}
}
Patients with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) frequently report carbohydrate craving and note that carbohydrate ingestion energizes them. Bright artificial light has been shown to reverse the symptoms of SAD, including carbohydrate craving. In this study, 16 depressed SAD patients and 16 matched controls were fed two different isocaloric meals, one rich in protein and one rich in carbohydrates, in a crossover design. Although their biochemical response in terms of plasma large neutral amino… CONTINUE READING

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