Refusing from Sweets Will Help You to Avoid Holiday Blues

According to a new study from the University of Kansas, eating holiday treats that are full of added sugar can lead to metabolic, inflammatory and neurobiological processes that are associated with depressive illness.Refusing from Sweets Will Help You to Avoid Holiday Blues

For their study, a team of researchers analyzed a wide range of research on the physiological and psychological effects of consuming added sugar such as the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study, a study of Spanish university graduates, and studies of Australian and Chinese soda-drinker.

Stephen Ilardi, KU associate professor of clinical psychology, says: “When we consume sweets, they act like a drug. They have an immediate mood-elevating effect, but in high doses, they can also have a paradoxical, pernicious longer-term consequence of making mood worse, reducing well-being, elevating inflammation and causing weight gain.”

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