Our expert says:
Sugar and all other carbohydrates tend to increase the levels of a chemical called serotonin in the brain. Serotonin lifts the mood, combats depression and can make one feel calmer and most positive. This is one of the reasons why people who feel 'down' will eat sweets or chocolate because it makes their brain serotonin levels rise and improves their mood. Small quantities of sugar over porridge or in hot beverages do not increase the total energy intake a great deal and may help dieters to feel better and thus stick to their diets.
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