Sugar, Processed Foods, and Mental Health

The CNP Sugar, Processed Foods and Mental Health Research Category consolidates research exploring the interdependent relationship between dietary intake, sugar, and hyper-palatable foods (HPFs). To view each original study on the open internet, click “Original.” To view the CNP-written abstract summary, click “CNP Summary.” While only some of the CNP-written abstract summaries are available below for free, all abstract summaries are available to CNP members through the CNP Library Membership.

2022

Ultra‐Processed Food Consumption and Mental Health: A Systematic Review and Meta‐Analysis of Observational Studies

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2020

Ultra-processed food consumption and the incidence of depression in a Mediterranean cohort: the SUN Project

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2022

Ultra-processed and fresh food consumption and symptoms of anxiety and depression during the COVID – 19 pandemic: COVID Inconfidentes

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2020

Ultra-processed food is positively associated with depressive symptoms among United States adults

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2021

Long-term overconsumption of sugar starting at adolescence produces persistent hyperactivity and neurocognitive deficits in adulthood

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2019

The impact of sugar consumption on stress driven, emotional and addictive behaviors

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2002

A cross-national relationship between sugar consumption and major depression?

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2016

Minimally processed foods are more satiating and less hyperglycemic than ultra-processed foods: a preliminary study with 98 ready-to-eat foods

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2012

Fast-food and commercial baked goods consumption and the risk of depression

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2020

Poor glucose regulation is associated with declines in well-being among older men, but not women

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2016

Glycemic index, glycemic load, and common psychological disorders

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2016

Association between carbohydrate nutrition and prevalence of depressive symptoms in older adults

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2014

Cognitive and behavioural effects of sugar consumption in rodents. A review

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2015

High glycemic index diet as a risk factor for depression: analyses from the Women’s Health Initiative

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2018

Intake of raw fruits and vegetables Is associated with better mental health than Intake of processed fruits and vegetables

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2018

Added sugars and sugar-sweetened beverage consumption, dietary carbohydrate index and depression risk in the Seguimiento Universidad de Navarra (SUN) Project

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2019

Ultra-processed foods and recommended intake levels of nutrients linked to non-communicable diseases in Australia: evidence from a nationally representative cross-sectional study

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2019

Sugary beverages pose significant risks to cardiovascular and overall Health

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2016

The evidence for saturated fat and for sugar related to coronary heart disease

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2019

Ultra-processed diets cause excess calorie intake and weight gain: an inpatient randomized controlled trial of ad libitum food intake

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2019

Dietary sugar silences a colonization factor in a mammalian gut symbiont

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2019

Prospective association between ultra-processed food consumption and incident depressive symptoms in the French NutriNet-Santé cohort

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2016

Sociodemographic and behavioral factors associated with added sugars intake among US adults

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2019

Ultra-processed foods and excessive free sugar intake in the UK: a nationally representative cross-sectional study

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2017

Sugar intake from sweet food and beverages, common mental disorder and depression: prospective findings from the Whitehall II study

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2017

Ecological correlations of dietary food intake and mental health disorders

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2020

Metabolic and psychological effects of short-term increased consumption of less-processed foods in daily diets: A pilot study

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2017

A combined high-sugar and high-saturated-fat dietary pattern is associated with more depressive symptoms in a multi-ethnic population: the HELIUS (Healthy Life in an Urban Setting) study

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2011

Habitual sugar intake and cognitive function among middle-aged and older Puerto Ricans without diabetes

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2020

Fructose and uric acid as drivers of a hyperactive foraging response: A clue to behavioral disorders associated with impulsivity or mania?

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2019

Sugar rush or sugar crash? a meta-analysis of carbohydrate effects on mood

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