Do you know the excessive consumption of sweets in winter may reduce the overall health of people prone to depression?
According to foreign media reports, for many people, sweets and other sugary foods are an essential snack choice for the holidays. However, a new study from the University of Kansas suggests that people may want to avoid eating them to protect their health. People who are prone to depression may experience a decline in mental health, which may ultimately be caused by other negative factors in winter and eating too much sugary food.
Researchers said that eating too much sugar can increase inflammation and reduce a person’s overall health, ultimately negatively affecting a person’s mood. This is especially problematic during the winter when a small number of people experience clinical depression or are at high risk of clinical depression due to changes in sunlight.
Person’s circadian rhythm changes
When the sun diminishes, a person’s circadian rhythm changes, which can cause a lack of sleep. Poor sleep quality may itself increase the chance of depression … and, unfortunately, it may also trigger a craving for sugar. Eating sugar can have a temporary positive effect on mood, driving many people to eat too many sweets.
Excessive sugar and its negative effects on inflammation and mood, coupled with poor sleep quality during the winter, may eventually become a turning point that puts some people into clinical depression. The combination of cravings for carbohydrates and rich sweets during the holiday season may be hard for some to resist, which has led researchers to call it the “perfect storm.”
Physical and mental health
In fact, one researcher pointed out that excessive sugar may be harmful to the physical and mental health of people, just like taking too much alcohol.