Why eating junk food is stressing you out

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A new survey shows how eating food high in carbs and sugar increases stress. Time to step away from those doughnuts.

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We all know the sweet, sweet feeling of that first bite of a doughnut, but it turns out that could actually lead to stress.

A new study by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health has found that reaching out for junk food when you're feeling stressed may help psychologically on the short term, but be damaging on the long term.

"When we feel stressed we seek foods that are going to comfort us immediately, but often times those foods lead to surges and crashes in hormones and blood sugar that increase our susceptibility to new stresses," researcher David Ludwig explains.

The experiment on a group of obese teenagers showed that those who ate food high on the glycemic index (like sugars and highly-refined carbs), saw their blood sugar levels spike and then crash.

This resulted in an increase of stress hormones like adrenaline.

We obviously knew junk food was bad for weight loss, but this is yet another reason to step away from the doughnuts.

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