Sugar consumption may be connected to depression in men

British researchers recently published a study in the journal Scientific Reports exploring a connection between sugar intake and mental health in men.

The researchers analyzed data from the Whitehall Study II, which consisted of over 10,000 participants. The original study period was 1985–1988, with 11 follow-up phases between 1989 and 2013.

During part of the study and its subsequent follow-up phases, researchers recorded sugar intake through 15 items, including cakes, cookies, sugar in coffee and tea, and soft drinks.

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Diet quality may improve adolescent attention capacity

Earlier this year, European researchers published a study in the British Journal of Nutrition, showing a connection between what we eat and our attention capacity.

The researchers recruited nearly 400 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 from Spain, Germany, France, Austria, and Sweden. They examined their attention capacity and assessed their dietary intake.

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7 things to eat for lower depression and better sleep

American researchers recently studied the relationship between nutrition and depression through diet quality and sleep quality.

The researchers collected data from 36 participants using the Healthy Eating Index, the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, and the Beck Depression Inventory. The data covered their diet, sleep, and mental health over a 5-day period.

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Parents of ADHD children more likely to give them junk food

Korean researchers recently published a study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior exploring any connections between snack consumption and ADHD.

The researchers enrolled over 220 children between the ages of 7 and 10. They had the parents complete a survey that asked questions regarding frequency of snacking, snack types, reasons for snacks, and snack preparation. Teachers screened the children for ADHD by using the Korean ADHD Rating Scale

While they found that both ADHD and non-ADHD children snacked,

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Nutrition may eliminate depression differences among men and women

American researchers recently published a study in the Clinical Trials & Case Studies Journal showing a connection between depression symptoms and nutrition levels.

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Nutrition may solve child aggression, but does anyone care?

Mental health researchers Dr. Bonnie Kaplan and Dr. Julia Rucklidge recently wrote an article highlighting a new study that shows nutrition may reduce aggression and violence in children.

They pointed out that this is one of several studies on the subject. Research has shown this connection between nutrition and aggression since the 1990s, and there have even been 5 randomized controlled trials exploring this connection. And not just in children either.

The bigger point of the article isn’t that nutrition is a potential solution for violent behaviour;

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4 habits to avoid for better mental health

Last summer, Malaysian researchers published a study in Obesity Research & Clinical Practice showing a connection between what we eat and mental health.

The researchers had over 1500 high school students fill out questionnaires regarding socio-demographic, eating behaviour questionnaire, and depression, anxiety and stress, Then they analyzed the responses to find patterns.

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How caffeine affects EMPowerplus

We are often asked what effect caffeine has on mental health and the use of EMPowerplus.

Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system (CNS), which means that it can weaken the balance of elements critical to CNS function. Research shows that excessive caffeine intake can actually make depressive symptoms worse!

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Fast food may increase anxiety and stress levels

American researchers recently published a study in Journal Military Behavioral Health showing a connection between nutrition and levels of anxiety and stress.

The researchers enrolled over 350 soldiers to participate in their study to see if there is a relationship between food consumption behaviours and PTSD, depression, anxiety, and stress.

What the researchers discovered was that soldiers who eating habits that were less healthy (such as eating more fast foods and more sweets) also had higher stress and anxiety levels.

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4 foods to avoid if you have stress or depression

A British study published in the Central European Journal of Public Health showed a connection between diet and mental health among university students.

Researchers had over 3,700 students at 7 universities in England, Northern Ireland, and Wales self administer questionnaires, including a 12-item food frequency questionnaire, Cohen’s Perceived Stress Scale, and modified Beck Depression Inventory.

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