Stress influences taste perception — Start your day right

Do you know that stress can affect taste?

According to a study by Lucy Donaldson of Nottingham University, anxiety or depression can cause change our taste perception. The study tested healthy people’s taste sensitivity after taking antidepressants that boosts levels of neurotransmitters like serotonin. Serotonin, which deals with inhibitory functions, affects memory, appetite, sleep as well as mood. Sweetness stood out especially — the subjects who had enhanced serotonin levels were 27% more sensitive to sucrose.

The study may explain why we crave sweet things when feeling stressed. But it is important to note that when stressed, you are likely to suffer from restlessness and insomnia, which results in low adrenaline. And what offers quick energy? Sugar of course.

In order to keep your sugar level in check, it is important to start your day right — with a healthy breakfast.

Credit: mindandbodygreen.com

Credit: mindandbodygreen.com

Think of breakfast like fuel, your body needs it to start off your day. Without fuel, you will feel tired and lose focus and concentration. Unhealthy eating habit can even cause obesity.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 80% of adolescent women do not consume enough calcium. It also concluded that performance is improved after eating a high-fiber, low glycemic index breakfast like oatmeal.

When eating your breakfast, it is important to remember the following four points:

  • Don’t skip breakfast
  • Eat slowly
  • Eat a nutritious meal

7 superfoods to include in your breakfast: muesli, flaxseed, berries, yogurt, apple, peanut butter and hummus.

 

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