Feeling stressed? Grab a donut. Actually, you SHOULDN’T grab a donut, even though hormonal changes in your body may cause you to crave one.
Medical News Today is reporting on a new study that found that stress can activate certain hormones located in our oral taste buds – ones that detect sweet tasting foods,
Researchers working with mice found that stress can increase the body’s secretion of glucocorticoids or GC’s, hormones that activate GC receptors in the cells. These receptors, located on the tongue, are found in cells in the taste buds responsible for identifying sweet, savory and bitter tastes.
The highest level of GC receptors are found in taste cells that detect sweet and savory tastes.
In the study, the mice under stress had a 77 percent higher level of GC receptors in their taste cells, compared to non-stressed mice.
The researchers didn’t say how they got the mice stressed out—and I really don’t want to know.
The lead author of the study, Dr. Rockwell Parker, says “Sweet taste may be particularly affected by stress. Our results may…. explain why some people eat more sugary foods when they are experiencing intense stress.”
The researchers point out that taste buds aren’t just found on the tongue, but in the gut and pancreas as well.
They believe that stress may also affect taste receptors in these areas – but say that further research is needed.
If you are going through a lot of stress in your life right now, my suggestion would be to eat healthy, get plenty of sleep and exercise, and meditate on this verse from 1st Peter, chapter 5: “Cast all your anxiety on Him, because he cares for you.”
I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.
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