Processed Sugar Can Cause Addiction and Depression

A good reason to avoid all processed sugar, especially if one suffers from depression after eating it. I sent this thank-you note to its author, Annnette Nay, Ph.D who now, according to her website, lives in Cedar City, Utah:


Your findings on processed sugar are the first explanation I’ve found that explain what I experience: I suffer painful, lingering depression whenever I eat processed sugar, usually hours later or the next day.

My wife is an extreme organic shopper, meal preparer and cook, and follows the LDS Word of Wisdom literally. You’re also correct that withdrawing from processed sugar increases sensitivity to natural sugars and foods. Surely God created wonderful-tasting foods for his children and was insightful to warn us against counterfeit substitutes.

I can’t confirm if the biological explanations you quote are correct, but I can confirm from what I personally experience that the cause/effect relationships you describe are right on.

Best Regards,

Robert Stevens, Provo, Utah

Fructose doubles circulating triglycerides

We set out to determine if different sugars might promote changes in the hypothalamic mechanisms controlling food intake by measuring several hypothalamic peptides subsequent to overnight access to dilute glucose, sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, or fructose solutions. Rats were given access to food, water and a sugar solution for 24h, after which blood and tissues were collected. Fructose access (as opposed to other sugars that were tested) resulted in a doubling of circulating triglycerides.

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