Carbohydrates can be differentiated into two categories, simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. Our study looks at the effects of simple versus complex carbohydrates on mood. An anonymous online survey was administered through various social media platforms, such as GroupMe, Instagram, and Facebook, as well as sent to friends and family. The survey included basic demographics questions and questions on the frequency of food consumption, dietary patterns in relation to specific food groups, and mood. Pearson Correlation Coefficient was used to analyze data in SPSS version 25.0. Our results suggest there is an association between a positive mood and consumption of complex carbohydrates, with less consumption of simple carbohydrates. Higher levels of mood were found to be associated with healthier food groups and a less processed diet.
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Weiss, Carolina; Wong, Annie; Wong, Hayes (Yak Hei); Ye, Emily; and Chang, Dylan, "The Effects of Simple and Complex Carbohydrates on Mood" (2023). Research Days Posters 2023. 100.