Scientists discovered that sugar is bad for our long-term mental health. According to leading research, there is a strong link between poor mental health and sugar intake.
China, recently conducted tests on diabetic rats and found that high blood glucose led to inflammation and neuronal damage and cell death in the brain.
Medical News Today states that sugar increases the risk of depression among men who consume significant amounts. Women are also at risk.
Researchers from University College London in England, used a mathematical model to prove reverse causation, which showed that sugar can cause depression. “Using data from the Whitehall II study – a large group of civil servants in the UK – they showed that sugar consumption came before depression, rather than being a consequence of it,” the website reported.
There have been many studies conducted in the past which prove the damage sugar can cause to our brains. In 2002 for example, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, led by Dr. Arthur Westover, studied sugar consumption in people from six different countries and found that sugar is a factor in higher rates of major depression.
According to Medical News Today, many other research teams have investigated the effect sugar and other food products have on our mental health. It’s been proven many times over that processed and fast-food has detrimental effects on mental health, for both adolescents and adults. Depression in regular consumers of the processed and fast foods is even higher than in the population at large. However, sugar seems to be the main offender in the equation.
Worldwide, Researchers Find Sugar Does Harm
Debilitating conditions and diseases increase in number and severity, in almost perfect correlation with increasing sugar intake.
It’s not just men who suffer from over consumption of sugar, women are also at risk. A recent study found that female seniors in the United States with high levels of sugar in their diet had higher rates of depression than those with less sugar in their diets.
“Sugars are simple carbohydrate molecules. While being essential for cell and organ functioning, our bodies have sophisticated machinery to break complex carbohydrate molecules into simple sugars. It therefore does not need to be added to the diet,” Medical News Today states.
The American Heart Association (AHA) says that “our bodies don’t need sugar to function properly”. Experts says it’s like an addiction, like a craving that we seek during stressful times. Our bodies can’t distinguish between good or bad sugar, they don’t know the source. But, the problem isn’t just that it is sugar, but that the modern diet contains orders of magnitude more sugar than a traditional diet. It is largely a matter of eating far more than too much, rather than that sugar is innately toxic.
Yet powerful forces protect the sugar lobby and there is little that western governments can do, or are likely to do, to remedy the situation. People looking for good health must act on the own initiative. One good place to start would be by seriously limiting sugar consumption.
The AHA recommend a daily limit of 6 teaspoons of sugar for women and 9 teaspoons for men. A can of Coca-Cola already takes up 8.25 of those units, and a banana takes up 3. It’s therefore extremely important to monitor your sugar intake. It can also be hidden in foods without your knowing about it, so be vigilant.
The Department of Neurobiology at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China, recently conducted tests on diabetic rats and found that high blood glucose led to inflammation and neuronal damage and cell death in the brain.
There is also a strong link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, which further supports the notion that sugar damages the brain.
Margaret Morris, Ph.D., a professor of pharmacology in the School of Medical Sciences of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, also found that high sugar consumption correlated with mild cognitive impairment in seniors. It also affects children’s cognitive function in a negative direction.
With all the research out there that proves sugar can in fact damage your mental health, isn’t it about time you take notice and do something about it? Sugar can give you a short-term fix but the long-term damage it leaves in its wake may be irreversible.