April 9th, 2019 | Updated on September 4th, 2021
Sugar consumption across the world has been on the rise, especially consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks. Everybody believes that if they consume a large quantity of sugar, they will get a physical and psychological high.
Consuming sugar is considered to be the best way of giving a boost to one’s energy level.
A new study has lifted the veil on the myth that is “Sugar Rush”. Researchers from the University of Warwick, Humboldt University and Lancaster University have debunked the ‘Sugar Rush’ myth. Their studies are based on the data collected from 1300 adults. The investigations threw up surprising results: sugar has no positive impact on anger, alertness, depression and fatigue.
He who eats sugar to improve his mood, maybe more tired and less alert than those who don’t believe the popular theory of “Sugar-can-improve-your-mood”.
Public health policies across the world should get a clue from the findings in order the combat obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndromes.
Are there any limitations of the new findings? Yes, the researchers did not focus on the effect of sugar consumption in people with existing health conditions. They also ignored children, focusing only on healthy adults.
People suffering from mood disorders might react differently to carbohydrates.
Another important limitation of the study is the fact that sugar-sweetened beverages are a complex mix of ingredients.
Different types of sugary beverages have different chemicals. Does sugar have a different impact on our mood, when we consume it with other nutrients?
The current study focuses on carbohydrates in isolation, ignoring other ingredients.
That is why authors have called for further research to investigate all the aspects of sugar consumption. What is clear that sugary snack can cause more harm than good.