Researchers have denied the myth that sugar causes a “rush” of energy.
For years it has been believed that sugar increases the mood, this was known as the “Sugar Fever”. However, a recent investigation has contradicted this assumption and demonstrated that it may worsen it, as it increases fatigue and decreases alertness. The details were published in neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews.
The study was led by psychologist Elizabeth Maylor of the University of Warwick and along with her work psychologists from the University of Berlin and Lancaster. All of them analyzed dozens of studies on the sugar consumption and the real effects that this produces in the mood.
“The idea that sugar can improve the mood has been widely influential in popular culture,” says Dr. Konstantinos Mantantzis, co-author of the Humboldt University of Berlin. In fact, people consume sugary beverages to be alert or fight fatigue; However, this new study denies them.
For 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 intake were monitored in the 1250 people who participated in the meta-analysis.
After 30 minutes of consuming sugar, most participants began to feel tired and fatigued, compared to those who took a placebo. After an hour, people experienced a decrease in their alertness. This might indicate that sugar can stimulate our brain’s reward system, but this response has a very short life and will not increase the level of satisfaction or produce well-being. (Sweeteners are no better than sugar)
“Our findings clearly indicate that such statements are unsubstantiated; In any case, sugar will probably make you feel worse “added Mantantzis. Therefore, carbohydrates do not have a beneficial effect on any aspect of the mood. (In Colombia Several drinks have more sugar than they say)
Debunking the myth of sugar or ‘ rush ‘, researchers say it should be taken into account that sugar is one of the factors that produces increased obesity and diabetes among the population. “We Hope Our results will help dispel the myth of ‘ sugar fever ‘ and inform public health policies to reduce sugar consumption,” said Professor Maylor.
These results Are expected to contribute to looking for healthy alternatives to feed us. “The increase in obesity and diabetes in recent years highlights the need for dietary strategies to promote a healthy lifestyle,” says Sandra Sünram-Lea, co-author of the University of Lancaster.
Let us Remember that a few years ago the news was revealed that the sugar industry bought from Harvard scientists in order to manipulate their studies with information to improve the reputation of sucrose before the public eye. Therefore, nutritionists claim that a diet low in saturated fats, carbohydrates “rapids” and refined sugar helps reduce the symptoms of depression.