New Research Suggests Chocolate Can Cause Depression in Men Instead of Curing It

Every once in a while, there’ll be some news that you just simply cannot begin to comprehend, from some new study that doesn’t even seem to make any sense, and today is definitely one of those days, apparently. Or is it? Since, we have all heard about how chocolate releases dopamine and endorphins, helping to cure pain, and chemicals to make us feel good, i.e. helping us to beat bouts of depression.

We’ve all done it, you’ve been feeling a bit down and so you go grab yourself a chocolate bar and then you imagine yourself, feeling better all of a sudden. “Mmmmm, chocolate is good for me.”

But now researchers say that it’s only in men, (as luck would have it), that there’s an increased likelihood that anxiety and depression may arise after they eat chocolate after the “sugar rush” has passed. Jeez! As if we needed any further reasons or causes of depression, but there you have it, there’s another one. Yes, the University College London study said that this only applies to men, and they’re puzzled as to why the risk doesn’t seem to affect women.

How can something so good be so bad? Credit: Quartz

The study found that a high sugar in-take of 67 grams, which is pretty much standard these days, which is two cans of coca cola, these sugar eaters were 23% more likely to develop a common mental disorder within five years, than to those that didn’t consume as much sugar per day. Lead author Anika Knippel at University College London’s Institute of Epidemiology and Health, said, “People experiencing low mood may eat sugary foods in the hope of alleviating negative feelings.”

As we learn about this, we suddenly start searching for more sugary treats, but Anika has us thinking again, since she stated, “Our study suggests a high intake of sugary foods is more likely to have the opposite effect on mental health in the long term.”

Anika told the Evening Standard, “It’s fine to have a cake, and I’m a fan myself of cake. But if you treat it like a treat, that is the best way overall to reduce your sugar intake.”

Hmmm, so does this make the statement, “have your cake and eat it too”, make it true? Well, does anybody actually know what that even means, anymore?

This research came from the science labs at University College London. Credit: UCL

Anyway, the study from UCL published in Scientific Reports used data from the Whitehall II cohort to analyse sugar intake and the relation to mental disorders in more than 5,000 men and 2,000 women between the years of 1983 and 2013.

The assembly of people were set up to research inequalities in health, where more than 10,000 people were gathered from Civil Service staff from 1985 to 1988 and have been periodically checked up upon over the  past few decades.

So there you have it, apparently, as you’re at risk of depression following more sugar consumption on a daily basis, and that people with mental disorders were more likely to consume higher levels of sugar, as well. This news comes ahead of a 2018 tax on sugary drinks, to tackle rising rates of obesity and type 2-diabetes.

Professor Eric Brummer of UCL, said, “Our findings provide yet further evidence that sugary foods and drinks are best avoided. The new sugar tax on soft drinks is a step in the right direction”.

Well, we wish that we were told how bad sugary drinks were in the 1990’s, rather than make us all consume sugar for decades, because the sugar industry also claimed that it was saturated fats and grams of fat that we should all worry about, instead. Which was all lies… That’s how the sugar industry fooled us…

“I knew I should have left that chocolate bar alone.” Credit: Telegraph

Only now, once common sense has sunk in, have we all come to learn that the only thing that you should really be drinking is water, plus also figured out by trial and error, what makes you gain weight and what keeps you lean and healthy, and so let’s be clear, if you have a poor diet, it doesn’t matter if you go to the gym at all, you’ll never get a six-pack. In the days of knowledge on empty calories, poor food choices like pasta, chemicals in preserved foods, plus it does really seem like the food and diet industry have been playing tricks on people over the last few decades, doesn’t it? “Healthy” vitamin drinks with 40 grams of sugar inside as a standard, then you definitely know that you’re being lied to.

But clearly, in the western world the food is also greatly manipulated enough as it is, which also won’t help you to slim down on the waistline, but we thought we knew where we sat with chocolate. But “NO!”, now chocolate makes men depressed, as well. Okay then… We do wonder what sort of food news will come at us next?

 

Brainstain, over and out!

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