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Sugar can increase depression risk in men

Too much sugar can be bad for our physical health. However, a new study led by University College London’s Institute of Epidemiology suggests that it can also damage your mental sanity, especially if you are a man.

Men who consume too much sugar are 23% more likely to develop common mental disorders, like anxiety and depression, than those with a low sugar intake, according to the Independent.

Too much sugar means 67 grams per day. In the UK, the average male consumes 67.8 grams of sugar per day, while in America the average intake is 94 grams. “There are numerous factors that influence the chance for mood disorders, but having a diet high in sugary foods and drinks might be the straw that breaks the camel’s back,” Anika Knüppel, who led the research, said. “The study found no link between sugar intake and new mood disorders in women and it is unclear why.”


The study took 22 years to complete and tracked 7000 participants. It showed that people with mood disorders were not more likely to eat sugary foods. The results were not dependent of other factors, like overall health behaviour, general diet, weight and socio-demographic status.

Daisy Wilder