Stress can Interfere with Healthy Food Choices
You’re making healthy food choices because it’s the best thing for your body and can make a difference in your health. Now it’s been shown that those good choices can be compromised by stress and depression. The study published in Molecular Psychiatry looked at women in their 50’s who were given a survey outlining their stressors and any depression symptoms they had. They were provided one of two types of meals and blood work was completed before and after these meals. For those who had lower levels of stress, the indications of inflammation increased when eating the higher saturated fat meal than when eating the low saturated fat meal. There was little or no difference between the meals for those indicating they had higher stress or depression levels. Those with high stress had high levels of inflammation regardless of the type of meal eaten. What this shows is a new link between stress and how we metabolize food. It also means that getting stress and depression under control or alleviating it can make a bigger difference in your health along with your good food choices..