High sugar consumption can lead to psychological problems in men
Many men and women like to eat chocolate. Researchers have now found that consuming chocolate in men can cause health problems. It is not a question of being overweight or obese, but chocolate can cause anxiety and depression in men.
In their study, University College London scientists found that eating chocolate can cause anxiety and depression in men. This is due to the high sugar content of chocolate. The doctors published the results of their study in the scientific journal "Scientific Reports".
Most men consume too much sugar every day
If men consume more than 67 grams of sugar a day, their risk of mood disorders increases by more than a fifth, compared to men who consume less than 39.5 grams of sugar, the experts explain. The average British man consumes about 68.4 grams of sugar a day. The experts ruled out the possibility that the results of the investigation could be explained by the fact that unhappy men consoled themselves with a large amount of sugary treats.
There is a link between sugar and mood disorders
A high sugar diet has a number of health implications. The study shows that there is a link between sugar and mood disorders, especially in men, explains author Dr. Anika Knüppel. However, there are numerous factors that affect the likelihood of mood disorders. The researchers found no association between sugar intake and mood disorders in women.
Subjects with high sugar intake had more mental disorders
The results of the current study are based on the data from the so-called Whitehall II examination, which dealt with physical and psychological problems. Sugar consumption was compared to the most common mental disorders in more than 5,000 men and 2,000 women between 1983 and 2013. Study participants were divided into three different groups based on their daily sugar intake. After five years, participants in the group of the most sugar-consuming men developed 23 percent more mental disorders (such as depression or anxiety). The men in this group consumed more than 67 grams of sugar a day. The people with the lowest sugar consumption consumed less than 39.5 grams per day.
Does the consumption of sweet foods convey positive feelings?
Sweet foods can induce positive feelings in the short term. There could actually be people who consume sugary foods in hopes of relieving their negative emotions, the authors say. However, our study suggests that a high intake of sugary foods tends to have the opposite effect on mental health in the long run, the experts add.
Sugary foods and drinks should be avoided
Our results provide further evidence that sugary foods and drinks should best be avoided, explains author Professor Eric Brunner. "The physical and mental health of the British people deserves some protection from the commercial forces that abuse human sweetness," the expert added in a press release to University College London. (as)