Sugar Linked to Depression

Connection to Mental Disorders




EtiAmmos/Shutterstock.com

The journal Scientific Reports recently published a study that confirmed a link between a diet high in sugar and common mental disorders. In 2002, researchers from Baylor College found that higher rates of refined sugar consumption were associated with higher rates of depression. A 2015 study that included nearly 70,000 women found a higher likelihood of depression in those with high added sugar intake, but not in those with a high intake of naturally occurring sugars such as those found in fruit.

The World Health Organization recommends that people reduce their daily intake of added sugars to less than 5 percent of their total energy intake; Americans typically consume three times that much. Meanwhile, one in six people worldwide suffers from a common mental problem such as a mood or anxiety disorder.


This article appears in the January 2018 issue of Natural Awakenings.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Study Finds No Link between Eggs, Cardiovascular Risk

In Memoriam

Renovated Optimist Park Now All-Inclusive

Optimist Park is Santa Rosa County's most recent recreation area to receive a renovation making it inclusive for people of all abilities

Unity Minister Offers Sound Therapy

Rev. Jamie Sanders of Unity of Pensacola is now offering sound therapy sessions using the Betar focused vibroacoustic sound therapy system.

Hispanic Fest Set for September at Convention Center

Hispanic Fest 2018, the largest indoor Hispanic festival in our region, will take place September 9, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island.

Add your comment:

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT