While ditching the sweet stuff can result in a physically healthier you, it's the impact sugar has on our mental health that's worth taking a second look at.

Sugar leads to highs and lows.

Consuming a large amount of processed sugar can triger feelings of worry, irritability, and sadness-which can be a double whammy if you also deal with depression or anxiety.

After eating too much sugar, your body releases insulin to help absorb the excess glucose in the bloostream and stablize blood sugar levels.  That's a good thing, right? Not necessarily.

A sugar rush makes your body work hard to get back to normal levels.

This roller coaster of ups and downs can leave you feeling nervous, foggy, irritable, jittery, and drained.

If you have anxiety or depression, those systems are likely ones you already deal with on a daily basis.  Sugar will exacerbate them.

The powerful high and subsequent crash can make you feel irritable, shaky, and tense-all side effects that can worsen your anxiety.

Sugar can also weaken your body's ability to respond to stress, which can trigger your anxiety and prevent you from dealing with the cause of the stress.

Overconsumption of sugar triggers imbalances in certain brain chemicals.  These imbalances can lead to depression and may even increase the long-term risk of developing a mental health disorder in some people.

WIthdrawing from sugar isn't pleasant.

It can cause side effects, such as anxiety, irritability, confusion, and fatigue. This has led experts to look at how the withdrawal of symptoms from sugar can resemble those of certain drugs.