The body only expended 80 of the 120 kcals that was provided by the sugar-sweetened drink
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.
Robert Stevens, Provo, Utah
According to this article the average American consumes 156 pounds of added sugar per year, or 2.34 lbs per day. I find that extremely hard to believe considering the number of daily sugar calories required.