Sunday September 15, 2019

Eating Comfort Food in Stress Will Add Extra Kilos, Says Study

“We were surprised that insulin had such a significant impact on the amygdala,” said Professor Herzog

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An overweight woman sits on a chair in Times Square in New York, May 8, 2012. VOA

Eating too much high-calorie food is anyway bad for health but under stress, sugary and high-fat diet can lead to more weight gain than in normal situations, says a study.

During an experiment on mice, the team discovered that a high-calorie diet when combined with stress resulted in more weight gain than the same diet caused in a stress-free environment.

“This study indicates that we have to be much more conscious about what we’re eating when we’re stressed, to avoid a faster development of obesity,” said Professor Herbert Herzog said, Head of the Eating Disorders laboratory at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in New South Wales (NSW).

According to the findings published in the journal-Cell Metabolism, some individuals eat less when they are stressed but most will increase their food intake — and crucially, the intake of calorie-dense food high in sugar and fat.

To understand what controls this ‘stress eating’, the researchers investigated different areas of the brain in mice.

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The scientists discovered that chronic stress alone raised the blood insulin levels only slightly but in combination with a high-calorie diet, the insulin levels were 10 times higher than mice that were stress-free and received a normal diet. Pixabay

While food intake is mainly controlled by a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, another part of the brain — the amygdala — processes emotional responses, including anxiety.

The scientists discovered that chronic stress alone raised the blood insulin levels only slightly but in combination with a high-calorie diet, the insulin levels were 10 times higher than mice that were stress-free and received a normal diet.

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“We were surprised that insulin had such a significant impact on the amygdala,” said Professor Herzog.

“It’s becoming more and more clear that insulin doesn’t only impact peripheral regions of the body but that it regulates functions in the brain. We’re hoping to explore these effects further in future,” Herzog added. (IANS)

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5 Grocery Shopping Tips to Avoid Unnecessary Stress

If grocery shopping is nothing but a stressful task for you, the following tips are to your rescue:

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View of a grocery store in New York City. Wikimedia Commons

When it comes to grocery shopping, many people just say no to visiting supermarkets. The reason is that supermarkets require you to shop around and then wait for your turn at the checkout counter, which many people like to avoid.

The best alternative to going to the supermarket for grocery shopping is to place the order online using a mobile app and wait for the produce to be delivered at your doorstep from zero to a nominal fee.

If grocery shopping is nothing but a stressful task for you, the following tips are to your rescue:

  1. List your groceries

Your grocery shopping starts with preparing a list of items you’re looking forward to buying. In fact, never go for grocery shopping without preparing a list of items to purchase.

Deciding on what to put into your grocery cart seems a bit too difficult unless you buy the same items every time you go out for grocery shopping. Some people take enough stress when they need to prepare a meal.

Now, in order to reduce your meal-preparing and list-making stress, you should only pick groceries for only one recipe at a time, preferably one that you have never tried. Remember to keep things simple when it comes to life.

However, it doesn’t mean you eat the same things every day for your breakfast and lunch of the week. Whenever you need to go out shopping groceries, make sure to write down the names of every single item that you need in your kitchen.

Doing this will not only cut short the time you would spend the grocery store but also ensure that you buy them all at once.

  1. You don’t need perfect items on your grocery list

Whenever you go shopping at a super/hypermarket for groceries, you must have found multiple foods of a different kind, i.e. All Natural, Organic, 100% peanuts, no hydrogenated oils, etc. mentioned on different peanut butter jars. You must be thinking why the heck there are so many peanut butter types.

The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition, also found that organic food provides significant, additional climate benefits for plant-based diets. Wikimedia Commons
One of the biggest reasons why people like to avoid shopping in supermarkets is that they simply want to cut down on checkout wait time. Wikimedia Commons

This is the primary reason why many people get confused when they go grocery shopping. They don’t understand which of the products (of the same category) to buy. To be true, you have to play a game called Choice Overload every time you visit a supermarket.

When it comes to choosing from different items of one kind, simply read the list of ingredients used to prepare the product. Never ignore the nutritional information like others. You must know what you’re going to eat.

  1. Grocery home delivery

Today, we have an option to do groceries shopping from home. In fact, various offline stores offer groceries home delivery at no additional cost. What you need to do is place your order on a phone call and wait for them to be delivered to you.

On the other hand, some offline stores allow you to place your groceries shopping order on a call and then you can go to the store and pick up the whole order at once. The best service is when you place your order for groceries through a mobile app and get the product delivered at your doorstep at a scheduled time.

This not only saves you time but also the energy that you can spend on other daily tasks.

  1. Get a shopping basket and not cart

While at a supermarket, have you ever noticed that they have a small number of shopping baskets and many shopping carts? This is because when you choose to pick a shopping cart, you end up buying more items than you planned to buy in the first place.

This is the reason why there is always a shortage of shopping baskets at these stores. Therefore, never opt for a shopping cart unless you need to shop for a whole month.

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  1. Go shop at odd hours

One of the biggest reasons why people like to avoid shopping in supermarkets is that they simply want to cut down on checkout wait time. Shopping early in the morning or in the afternoon on weekends is the best for almost anyone, as it significantly reduces the time you would spend in rush hours, e.g. evening.

Conclusion!

Since grocery sections in supermarkets are super busy on weekends as well as on after working hours on weekdays, you can choose the odd hours to go shopping. If you can go early on a weekend, you’re most likely to find an empty  grocery store. Else, you can always choose to shop groceries online from your home.