Do you also snack more when stressed?

Stress, in a general sense, means that you are “under attack” or that you are “in danger. In this state, our organism calls all hands on deck to run away or defend itself. This means that more glucose is automatically released into the blood. But we practically never have to run away! Most of the time we are stressed at our work table, or even in our armchair… Little of that extra summoned energy is then used!

If we start eating sugar or snacking extra at that time, the amount of glucose in the blood is increased unnecessarily. This can even lead to a strain on the pancreas. An abnormal amount of glucose in the blood has a negative effect over time, including on the blood vessels. A great reason, therefore, to avoid snacking, especially when under stress.

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