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Stress Cancels Out Benefits of Healthy Eating: Study

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A new study shows the negative effects of stress can be so overwhelming they can even cancel out the benefits of healthy eating.

The study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, tested inflammation levels of 58 women, who were fed two different meals. One meal was high in saturated fats; the other was a healthier version made with high oleic sunflower oil.

Researchers found that inflammation levels increased in the women after they ate the saturated fat meal, and decreased after eating the meal prepared with the sunflower oil.

But when women who had a stressful event the day before were tested, their inflammatory response was elevated no matter what meal they ate.

“If women experienced a stressful situation the day before, it didn’t matter what type of meal they ate; their inflammation markers were high either way,” said Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, M.D., principal investigator of the study. “Stress was actually interacting with the meal they were eating, leading to real changes in their blood after the meal.”

The double-blind, randomized study was conducted at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Participants ate the meals on separate days, spaced one to four weeks apart and had 20 minutes to eat each meal. Blood samples were taken before and after the meals.
 

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