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Study: Sugar intake may impact men's mental health, but not necessarily women's

It's either a villain or something you love to eat: A new study on sugar intake in our diet has just been released. (WKRC)

OVER-THE-RHINE, Ohio (WKRC) - It's either a villain or something you love to eat: A new study on sugar intake in our diet has just been released.

Researchers in this study wanted to find out about the sweets that we eat and drink and help us learn more about how it impacts our mood.

While too much of a good thing is never a good thing, we stopped by the OTR Candy Bar to share a little more about what you may want to know before you dive in to your next dessert.

When it comes to candy or sweets, there's certainly no shortage at the candy bar.

"We have lots of locally-made chocolates; we have old-fashioned things you used to get as a kid; we've got fun sour candies and bulk candies," said Mike Petzelt, co-owner of the OTR Candy Bar.

And while we all have our favorites, the new study on sugar intake from sweet foods and beverages published in Scientific Reports looked at several things, including the impact of these on our mental health.

Petzelt says he certainly observes a lot of happiness when people find a flavor they enjoy or a candy from the past.

"Everybody seems to enjoy some type of candy," he said.

Researchers discovered there may be something different that happens in the body over time when we eat sweets, and it may be different for women and men.

It wasn't just really about choices, although Petzelt says those do tend to differ at times by gender.

"The boys will be more adventuresome; they'll try the Bamboozled, the different type of flavored jelly beans; the girls will do the petit fours and the chocolates; they like different types of chocolates."

This study found a little less sugar overall may be best for psychological health, but when it came to sadness or depression linked to eating sweets, researchers found there may be a link in men, but there was no association between depression and sugar intake in women.

So whether its gummies or the chocolate-covered espresso beans that you like, the sweet truth may be that, just like we all have a unique favorite, we are all simply unique in how we respond to it.

Now a couple important things: Critics argue this study needed to consider a few other things, such as alcohol intake, which can influence depression, and milk intake, which has vitamin D, also linked to reducing depression. And moderating your sugar intake may also be key in maintaining your mental health.

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