NOT SO SWEET?
Do you crave sugary foods more when you’re feeling stressed or low? Well, a study involving Whitehall civil servants shows sugar consumption may cause depression. Links between sugar and depression have been made before – one study in Chinese adults, who traditionally drink unsweetened tea, showed that those who drank soft drinks had higher depression rates – and in 2002, a study of overall sugar consumption per person in six countries implicated sugar as a factor in higher rates of major depression.
Neurons (nerve cells) in the brain are not well prepared for sugar level spikes. And neurons grown in the laboratory also show increased inflammation when exposed to high levels of glucose.
Eating low-glycaemic-index meals – protein, veg and slow-releasing carbs, such as pulses and wholegrains, is your key to curbing the desire for sweet foods, as is snacking on nuts, fruit and mini chunks of cheese when a sugar craving strikes.
Snack on nuts, fruit and small pieces of cheese to curb any sugar cravings.