It's supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but if you're overindulging in sweets you may be singing the blues. A recent cross-cultural analysis from British psychiatric researcher Malcom Peet found a strong link between high sugar consumption and increased risk for both depression and schizophrenia.
It's thought that refined sugar's toxic effect on mental health may be the result of its ability to suppress a growth hormone in the brain that boosts neuron health. This hormone called BDNF also plays a critical role in memory function.
Additionally, refined sugar as well as high fructose corn syrup and white, starchy, processed foods promote chronic inflammation in the body, which is also linked to an increased risk of depression and schizophrenia.
Shunning the truffle and cheesecake table this holiday season (and beyond) won't just save your waistline, but it may also bring more joy to your world.