Friday April 19, 2019

New Study Reveals, Sugar-Sweetened Foods Can Worsen Your Mood

They suggested that rise in obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome in recent years highlights the need for evidence-based dietary strategies to promote healthy lifestyle.

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"Our findings very clearly indicate that such claims are not substantiated -- if anything, sugar will probably make you feel worse," Mantantzis added. Pixabay

Contrary to popular beliefs that eating sugar-sweetened foods lift up low spirits, a new study suggests that sugar can worsen your mood.

Researchers discovered that sugar increases tiredness and lowers alertness within an hour after its consumption.

The idea of a “sugar rush” — sudden gush of energy after the consumption of sugar — is a myth, said the study published in Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews journal.

“The idea that sugar can improve mood has been widely influential in popular culture, so much so that people all over the world consume sugary drinks to become more alert or combat fatigue,” said lead author Konstantinos Mantantzis from the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany.

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The idea of a “sugar rush” — sudden gush of energy after the consumption of sugar — is a myth, said the study published in Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews journal. Pixabay

“Our findings very clearly indicate that such claims are not substantiated — if anything, sugar will probably make you feel worse,” Mantantzis added.

For the study, the researchers collected data from 31 studies, involving nearly 1,300 adults and analysed the effect of sugar on various aspects of mood including anger, alertness, depression and fatigue.

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The idea of a “sugar rush” — sudden gush of energy after the consumption of sugar — is a myth, said the study published in Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews journal.
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Researchers are hopeful that their findings will go a long way to dispel the myth of the “sugar rush” and inform public health policies to decrease sugar consumption.

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They suggested that rise in obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome in recent years highlights the need for evidence-based dietary strategies to promote healthy lifestyle.

“Our findings indicate that sugary drinks or snacks do not provide a quick ‘fuel refill’ to make us feel more alert,” said Sandra Sunram-Lea from Lancaster University.
(IANS)

 

 

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 Study Claims, Men With A Diet Rich in Meat At Greater Risk of Death

The findings highlight the need to investigate the health effects of protein intake, especially in people who have a pre-existing chronic medical condition. 

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"These findings should not be generalised to older people who are at a greater risk of malnutrition and whose intake of protein often remains below the recommended amount," said Heli Virtanen, a postdoctoral candidate from the University of Eastern Finland. Pixabay

Men with a diet rich in animal protein and meat such as sausages and cold cuts could be at a greater risk of death, finds a study.

The study found men who favoured animal protein over plant-based protein in their diet had a 23 per cent greater risk of death than men whose diet was more balanced in terms of their sources of protein.

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The findings highlight the need to investigate the health effects of protein intake, especially in people who have a pre-existing chronic medical condition. Pixabay

In addition, a high overall intake of dietary protein was associated with a greater risk of death in men who had been diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease or cancer.

However, a similar association was not found in men without these diseases, said the study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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The study found men who favoured animal protein over plant-based protein in their diet had a 23 per cent greater risk of death than men whose diet was more balanced in terms of their sources of protein. Pixabay

“These findings should not be generalised to older people who are at a greater risk of malnutrition and whose intake of protein often remains below the recommended amount,” said Heli Virtanen, a postdoctoral candidate from the University of Eastern Finland.

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The findings highlight the need to investigate the health effects of protein intake, especially in people who have a pre-existing chronic medical condition.

For the study, the researchers included approximately 2,600 Finnish men aged between 42 and 60. (IANS)