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Put Down the Haribo: Sugar's Affecting More Than Just Our Waistlines

A , a 22-year study that observed the diets of 8000 people, discovered that there was a correlation between sugar intake and symptoms of depression, particularly in men. According to the , the "research confirms an adverse effect of sugar intake from sweet food/beverage on long-term psychological health and suggests that lower intake of sugar may be associated with better psychological health."

While it was more men that were affected, rather than women, that doesn't mean there is no link for women being affected by sugar too. Results from a study published in 2015 inThe American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that "high-GI diets [carbohydrates that break down quickly and release glucose into the blood stream more rapidly], could be a risk factor for depression in postmenopausal women." 

Ready to give up sugar? Keep scrolling for how to beat sugar addiction.

Am I addicted to sugar?

To get some guidance on whether or not you could be addicted to sugar, it's worth referring to the experts. While you might not realise it, sugar addiction symptoms include "our appetites increas[ing], and [we see] a greater desire for more sweets, which can lead to cravings, mood swings, and the all too familiar 'crash and burn,'" says registered dietitian Lauren O'Connor.

According to a 2013 study, sugar can "induce reward cravings that are comparable in magnitude to those induced by addictive drugs," so it's no wonder so many of us are addicted. I also spoke to Jo Travers, RD, author of,who told me a bit about why we crave sugar so much. "The main reason is that it gives [us] a boost of energy that we need either because we are tired, hungry, dehydrated or all of the above." However, she said, the trouble is, the sugar high doesn't last: "It always ends in a sugar crash, which starts the cycle all over again." Fear not—there are ways to break this cycle.






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