Why A Common Belief About Sugar Could Be Wrong


People in need of a jolt of energy who reach for a sugary drink or snack might be doing precisely the wrong thing, a new study suggests. Researchers in Neuroscience & Behavioral Reviews makes the case that the “sugar rush” is a myth, reports MedicalNewsToday.

In fact, people who reach for sugar tend to feel more tired within a half-hour and less alert an hour after consuming it, the very opposite of the intended effect, per IFLscience. This was a meta-analysis study, meaning it gleaned data from previous research—31 studies in this case, involving more than 1,250 participants—to get a sense of how carbohydrates such as sugar and starches affected people.

“The idea that sugar can improve mood has been widely influential in popular culture, so much so that people all over the world consume sugary drinks to become more alert or combat fatigue,” says researcher Konstantinos Mantantzis of Humboldt University of Berlin, per a news release.

“Our findings very clearly indicate that such claims are not substantiated—if anything, sugar will probably make you feel worse.” What’s more, the scientists suggest that the rise in obesity and diabetes is being fueled by this misguided sense that a quick sugar break will help them perform better.

Via Newser.

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4 Responses to Why A Common Belief About Sugar Could Be Wrong

  1. Glenn Geist Reply

    April 9, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Yawn. Of course! It’s also BS to attribute unruly behavior in children to sugar. It’s disturbing to see how we seem not to be able to get through a day without using some product to increase energy and enthusiasm and endurance because it suggests that our lives and occupation are as dreary and disheartening and unrewarding as ever they have been in history.

    Of course the way we are dictates a war on Sugar to add to the war on wheat and corn syrup and fertilizers Genetic engineering and preservatives and nearly everything else we scapegoat to avoid the conclusion that we eat too much, sleep and exercise too little and lead boring lives.

  2. jess Reply

    April 9, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    This is just trickery to stop me eating the chocolate bars I eat every day isn’t it? Don’t care, I will still eat them and worry about the rest when I am an old should I live that long.

  3. Timmy Mahoney Reply

    April 9, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    I drink. Love it. Makes me feel happy and I like happy.

    • jess Reply

      April 9, 2019 at 3:11 pm

      Combined social drinking and choccy leaves me feeling good too. I had this cool drink at a party over the weekend and can die happy. Someone took hollow chocolate bunnies and put an orange/raspberry flavored liqueur in them. It had all the food groups 🙂

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