A recently published report, appearing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, contends that what foods an individual consumes, may be associated with becoming depressed.
Research scientists at New York’s Columbia University sought to establish what foods that are categorized as have a high glycemic rating or index are linked to those individuals that are depressed. The glycemic index is a ranking system of foods containing carbohydrates, and how if affects an individual’s blood sugar level. Lead author of the study, James E. Gangwisch, PhD, assistant professor at Columbia University commented, “When I was a kid, I was almost like a candy junkie, I noticed for myself, if I eat a lot of sugar, it makes me feel down the next day.” Gangwisch indicated that he no longer candy or junk foods with added sugar, but was perplexed about whether a steady diet of sugar-laden junk foods could actually cause individuals to become depressed.
According to Brad Reifler, The research scientists, assessed data, from the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, of approximately 70,000 postmenopausal women, that were afflicted with depressive disorders, and an independent food questionnaire.
The scientists, were unable to conclusively determine a specific mechanism associating a definitive association between sugar consumption, and depression, but noted that excessive sugar consumption has been documented to be a mechanism for cardiovascular disease, and inflammation, which can spur the onset of depression.