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Monday, January 27, 2020

SWEET SADNESS

from University of Kansas

Reduced sunlight in the winter and corresponding pressure of the holidays are just two factors that may bring about holiday blues. Researchers at the University of Kansas also linked holiday sweets to a bummed-out mood. They suggest eating added sugars, so common in many holiday foods, can trigger inflammatory changes in the body tied to depression or make the symptoms worse. The authors acknowledge that avoiding added sugars may be challenging because sugar offers an initial mood boost. But beyond that immediate mood-elevating effect, sugar in high doses can have negative longer-term consequences that worsen mood, elevate inflammation and cause weight gain. Conclusions came from data in a wide range of previous research.

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