When you get stressed out, reaching for something sweet — a candy bar, a cookie, a bowl (or pint) of ice cream — may be your first inclination. And a small study has shown that there's a reason why.
It turns out that sugary food and drinks actually can "quiet the stress signals in your brain."
While this might seem like a good thing, it's actually not ideal. Why? Because the study posits that it will just lead to you crave more sugar. If you can use a jolt of sweet to shut down those stressful feelings, you're more likely to crave that same reaction the next time you get stressed.
While this was a small sample and fairly limited study, it might just make you think twice about what foods you reach for the next time you're facing a big deadline at work.
→ Read more: Eating Sugar May Fuel Cravings for More by Quieting Stress from Reuters