If you’re feeling overwhelmed and particularly frazzled, a sip of a cold, sugary beverage may be just what the doctor ordered, new research suggests.
The negative health effects from drinking too many sugary beverages are well documented, but the sweet drinks have been shown to help beat stress, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
For the study, researchers had participants drink beverages that were sweetened with either sucrose or aspartame along with undergoing various tests. The 19 women who participated in the study were assigned to drink three servings of the sugary beverages each day for a period of 12 days. The participants also undertook a standardized diet and took a stress test in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine both before and after the study period.
It was found that for those who had the sucrose-sweetened beverages had an increase of brain activity in the part of the brain that is deactivated during stress.
Around 77 percent of Americans regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress and 33 percent feel that they are living and dealing with extreme stress, according to the Statistic Brain Research Institute.