Stress Can Erase The Benefits Of Healthy Diet, Study Finds

Posted: Sep 21 2016, 4:04am CDT | by , Updated: Sep 21 2016, 4:09am CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Stress can Erase the Benefits of Healthy Diet, Study Finds
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Researchers have found that stressful events on previous day can eradicate health benefits associated with consuming a healthy breakfast

Stress can prevent you from reaping the benefits of healthy diet.

A new research suggests that a stressful day can eradicate all the potential benefits consuming a healthy breakfast following day. Women who eat a good fat enriched breakfast in hope of staying fit cannot enjoy the perks of healthy food if their stress levels are too high. In other words, stress can complicate or alter the way a body processes food and deprives us from receiving benefits from healthy eating.

"It's more evidence that stress matters.” Lead author Jan Kiecolt-Glaser, a professor of psychiatry and psychology said.

To determine the effects of stress on dietary fats, researchers involved 58 female participants and gave them two separate breakfasts on two different days. One meal was high in less healthy statured fats and the other was loaded with good monounsaturated fats and participants had to eat either of the two. 

Thought both breakfast contained different types of fats, they looked almost similar. Even researchers did not know which participant was eating which meal. After that, blood tests were taken.

Researchers then asked participants to recall previous day experiences and used them to determine whether the woman was under stress. And those were normal stresses not the life-shattering ones. 

Researchers found that women who did not experienced stress tend to have better blood test results and lower levels of inflammatory markers after consuming breakfast enriched with health fats. But when woman had a stressful day before the breakfast, the stresses of previous day apparently erased any health benefits linked to consuming a healthy breakfast.

"If they were stressed, it wiped out all the good stuff," said Kiecolt-Glaser.

“We expected we might see even greater adverse responses to the saturated fat meal, but we may have already maxed out. It may be when you overload the system that much, you may have a hard time seeing the real effects of stress.”

Research suggests that eating healthy diet is simply not enough. A person also needs to manage his/her stress in order to get full value of a healthy food.

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