New Study Finds That Excessive Sugar May Make Men Anxious, Depressed And Sad! Gentlemen, Take Note!

in health •  last year

Let us start with some facts. The World Health Organisation (WHO), recommends that

people reduce their daily intake of added sugars (that is, all sugar, excluding the sugar that is naturally found in fruit, vegetables and milk) to less than 5% of their total energy intake.

But in reality the intake of sugar is double in the UK and almost triple the amount in the US!

And most of this comes from sweet foods like cakes and beverages like soft drinks and energy drinks, while the rest comes from preserved and processed foods like ketchup etc.

And now researchers, led by Anika Knuppel from University College London in the UK, have found a link between a diet high in sugar and common mental disorders.



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According to them:

High sugar diets have a number of influences on our health but our study shows that there might also be a link between sugar and mood disorders, particularly among men

and went on further to say,

There are numerous factors that influence chances for mood disorders, but having a diet high in sugary foods and drinks might be the straw that breaks the camel's back.

The research found that men, in particular, were in danger of feeling anxious, depressed or sad over a period of time, if their intake of sugars were higher than normal.

They also said:

Sweet food has been found to induce positive feelings in the short-term. People experiencing low mood may eat sugary foods in the hope of alleviating negative feelings. Our study suggests a high intake of sugary foods is more likely to have the opposite effect on mental health in the long-term.


Further reading


  1. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11896968
  2. http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/health/excessive-sugar-may-make-men-anxious-depressed/444391.html

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Wow, very nice drink post I like this post. @naz722

Sweet food not good for long term.its effect our body.....bt its is rite dat sweet food give a positive energy.....for short term

Nice Info! Thanks for sharing

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You are welcome!

@norbu the researchers investigated whether men might be eating more sugary foods because they were depressed, but found that was not the case.

Lead author Anika Knüppel, of the UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health, said: “High sugar diets have a number of influences on our health but our study shows that there might also be a link between sugar and mood disorders, particularly among men. There are numerous factors that influence chances for mood disorders, but having a diet high in sugary foods and drinks might be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

“The study found no link between sugar intake and new mood disorders in women and it is unclear why. More research is needed to test the sugar-depression effect in large population samples.

“There is increasing evidence for the physical damage sugar has on our health. Our work suggests an additional mental health effect. This further supports the evidence for policy action such as the new sugar levy in the UK, but this is not addressed in many other European countries.”

Woah, I really need to make a concerted effort to mostly eat fatty foods, proteins, fruits and veggies, and leave all the sugars out! It's hard though, because it feels like the carb "spot" needs to be hit after I stop eating them for a little while

This explains it. Dammit.

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Lol, it really does ..:)

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