There has been increasing evidence that sugar damages our physical health. A recent study suggests that this may also be true of our mental health, finding that men who consumed over 67g of sugar per day increased their risk of developing mental health disorders like depression and anxiety by 23%.

The study found that while there are numerous factors that influence the chances for mood disorders having a diet high in sugary foods and drinks might be ‘the straw that breaks the camel’s back’.

The researchers suggested that sweet food has been found to induce positive feelings in the short-term. People who experiencing low mood often consume sugary foods in the hope of alleviating negative feelings. This study suggests that a high intake of sugary foods is more likely to have the opposite effect on mental health in the long-term.

These findings provide further evidence that sugary foods and drinks are best avoided in order to promote optimal physical and mental health. Workplace canteens may wish to consider promoting healthier choices.