Ask JJ: Can Sugary Drinks Lower Stress?

April 26, 2015 2:28 AM

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Dear JJ: A recent study found sugar-sweetened drinks could lower stress levels, though you argue sugar raises stress. Did I misread this study or does it somehow validate having an occasional soft drink?

In this study, 19 females drank either a sugar-sweetened or aspartame-sweetened drink with three meals over 12 days. Before and after the study, participants took a math test and then underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) screenings to evaluate their stress response.

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