REAL SWEETS take bite outta STRESS BUT has to be REAL

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by victoria, Jun 16, 2007.

  1. victoria

    victoria New Member

    LOL I certainly don't mean to encourage anyone to overindulge excessively, but, thought this was interesting as to why so many of us DO find ourselves turning to sweets in times of anxiety...

    And of course, adding chocolate in probably even helps most of us even more!

    Unfortunately the artificial sweetener/s they used did NOT help with this effect ... but wondering if the same would happen if they tested the sugar alcohols --


    Sweet Tooth Takes Bite Out of Stress

    TUESDAY, Nov. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Find yourself breaking out a bag of cookies when times get stressful? A new study may help explain why.

    A team from the University of Cincinnati found that consuming sweet snacks or drinks helped fight anxiety in rats. They theorize that the foods decreased production of the stress-related hormone glucocorticoid, which has also been linked to decreased immune response and increased obesity.

    "The sweets we are talking about are not the low-calorie, sugar substitute variety. We actually found that sugar snacks, not artificially sweetened snacks, are better 'self-medications' for the two most common types of stress -- psychological and physical," researcher Yvonne Ulrich-Lai, a postdoctoral fellow in the psychiatry department, said in a prepared statement.

    She and her colleagues found that rats that received a sugar drink over two weeks had lower glucocorticoid levels after being given a mental and physical stress challenge than rats who were given an artificially sweetened drink.

    The findings were presented Tuesday at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, in Washington, D.C.

    The next step in this research is determining how the sugar drink decreases glucocorticoid production in the rats.

    "We need to find out if there are certain parts of the brain that control the response to stress, then determine if the function of these brain regions are changed by sugar snacking," study co-author James Herman, professor and stress neurobiologist, said in a prepared statement.


    I tried to look this up, but only found a later study from this year further confirming the above. In the one from this year, apparently SACCHARINE was used, so I'm assuming that is what was used in the above study.

    Yuck, I hate that stuff anyway, so it'd never be beneficial, at least to me . . .

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  2. sisland

    sisland New Member

    Thanks for posting this! It's very interesting! hope they can fine an alternate for us Real sweet lovers! ,,,,,,S
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  3. victoria

    victoria New Member

    At least if it weren't already trademarked!

    Hmmm, only a medium size, TwinofDar? Why not a LARGE????

    LOL, admittedly, my usual indulgence is a medium iced mocha from the coffee shops.... 1/2 caf / 1/2 decaf... mmmmmmm coffee and chocolate for me all the way, or dark chocolate!

    Happiness thru sweetness,

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