The Science behind Why You Crave Sugar When You’re Stressed

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TIMESJAKARTA, JAKARTAStress could affect your activity and habit, such as craving sugar and foods with high calories. Indeed, consuming sweets can relieve stress and make you feel more comfortable and calmer.

Cited from nationalgeographic.co.id, a research states that consuming sweets could lower the level of cortisol inside the body. Therefore, it could help the brain to manage stress.

In fact, human brain needs energy to function optimally, and this energy is obtained from carbohydrate and glucose. That’s why, when the brain lacks energy, you will be prone to stress and having difficulties to focus.

Moreover, consuming sweets could stimulate the production of dopamine and serotonin. Those two hormones could make you feel happier.

Consuming sweets when you are stressed is a common thing. However, you should limit the portion. Besides, you should choose the sugary foods carefully.

It is better for you to consume sweet fruits instead of ice cream, cakes, chocolates, and so on. Remember that you should not choose fruits with high sugar content, such as mango or durian. It is better for you to eat apple or watermelon.

You may also consume sugar-coated roasted almond, but do not eat it too much.

Those are the science behind why you tend to crave sugar when you are stressed. You may also learn to manage your stress by doing some hobbies, going on a vacation, or doing some meditation. (*)

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