Tuesday, November 24, 2009

'Comfort foods' Relieve Stress

Australian researchers are saying (and we agree) that a high-fat, high-sugar diet could have the same effect on brain chemistry as mood-altering drugs, giving scientific support to the craving for comfort food.
It appears the deficit in stress hormone receptors in part of the brain is reversed by the comfort food diet.
Australian scientists have found that eating comfort food can help heal the hurts of childhood.
Researchers at the University of New South Wales already knew that eating junk food makes people feel good, but they wanted to see what effect it has on the brain.
The test showed that anxiety and stress levels were reduced when eating comfort foods.
Researchers say the discovery may provide a clue about a new way to tackle mood disorders.
We feel better already.