Sugar May Be Fueling Your Depression
Several studies suggest a strong link between mood disorders like depression and a diet high in processed foods and sugar — a link scientists don’t yet fully understand. A number of studies — including one conducted by researchers at University College London Institute of Epidemiology and Public Health — disprove the theory that disorders like depression lead to increased sugar consumption and instead suggest it’s the other way around.
Sugars are simple carbohydrates, and their role in mental health may be related to their effects on neurons — specialized cells in the brain that transmit information to other cells in the body. Although the body needs carbohydrates to function properly, it is designed to break down complex carbohydrates — whole grains, vegetables and fruits, nuts, beans, and seeds — into simple sugars and doesn't need added sugar.
The body doesn’t differentiate among sugars from different sources and uses all sugars in the same way. So, instead of reaching for that carton of ice cream after a particularly stressful day, give yourself a mental health boost by opting for a low-sugar choice instead.