Still reaching for sugar to boost your energy or mood? Sugar has a reputation for providing quick energy and mood elevation. However, recent research shows it can cause more problems than it solves. A meta-analysis of 31 studies that assessed the impact of sugar consumption on mood and energy came to the opposite conclusion. The researchers found that, despite the common belief, sugar intake decreases energy, lowers alertness, and has a negative impact on mood! Further, sugar consumption was directly associated with an increase in depression and anxiety. Yes, you might enjoy a “sugar high” for a brief time, but the research shows sugar consumption ultimately leaves you sluggish, in a blue mood, and craving more sugar.
Though there are other enjoyable foods that produce sustained energy and mood stabilization, many people continue to believe the sugar myth and reach for ice cream and other sugary foods when they are down or anxious. If that describes you, the good news is that you don’t have to stay stuck there. Let us coach you to a healthier, more satisfying way of resolving your energy slumps and low moods. Get the energy you’re looking for. Put down that ice cream cone and call us today!
Sugar Rush or Sugar Crash? A Meta-Analysis of Carbohydrate Effects on Mood. Dr Konstantinos Mantantzis, Dr Friederike Schlaghecken, Dr Sandra Sünram-Lea, and Professor Elizabeth Maylor. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2019.03.016.