Researchers Denied the Myth that Sugar Causes a “Rush” of Energy.
Harvard University, accused in the past of having been “bought” by the sugar industry to modify the results of scientific studies, is the one who publishes the study (although they are not the accused researchers themselves). Pixabay
For years it has been believed that sugar increases the mood, this was known as the “sugar fever”. However, a recent investigation has denied this assumption and shown that it can make it worse, since it increases tiredness and decreases alertness. The details were published in Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews .
The study was led by the psychologist Elizabeth Maylor of the University of Warwick and with her worked psychologists from the University of Berlin and Lancaster. All of them analyzed dozens of studies on the consumption of sugar and the real effects it produces on the mood.
“The idea that sugar can improve mood has been widely influential in popular culture,” says Dr. Konstantinos Mantantzis, co-author of the Humboldt University in Berlin. In fact, people consume sugary drinks to be alert or combat fatigue; however, this new study belies them.
For the research, about 31 different studies were reviewed, which showed the effects of soluble carbohydrates (CHO) such as sugars and starches in various aspects of mood. In addition, the consequences of CHO ingestion in the 1250 people who participated in the meta-analysis were monitored.
After 30 minutes of having consumed sugar, most participants began to feel tired and fatigued, compared to those who took a placebo. After one hour, people experienced a decrease in their alertness. This could indicate that sugar can stimulate the reward system of our brain, but this response has a very short life and will not increase the level of satisfaction or produce well-being. (Sweeteners are not better than sugar)
“Our findings clearly indicate that such claims are not substantiated; in any case, sugar will probably make you feel worse, “added Mantantzis, so carbohydrates do not have a beneficial effect on any aspect of the mood (in Colombia, several drinks have more sugar than they say).
Denying the myth of sugar or ‘high’, the researchers say that it must be taken into account that sugar is one of the factors that cause increased obesity and diabetes among the population. “We hope our results help dispel the myth of ‘sugar fever’ and inform public health policies to reduce sugar consumption,” said Professor Taylor.
Recall that a few years ago the news was revealed that the sugar industry bought Harvard scientists with the aim of manipulating their studies with information to improve the reputation of sucrose before the public eye. Therefore, nutritionists say that a diet low in saturated fat, “fast” carbohydrates and refined sugar helps reduce the symptoms of depression