Stressed People Crave Salty Food, Lonely Ones Sweets

      January 16, 2020 08:44

      Different people crave different flavors of food depending on their mental state, recent studies reveal.

      Psychologists say that late-night cravings for salty or sweet food are linked to particular states of mind and lead to weakening self-control.

      People who crave salty snacks usually suffer from stress, anger or anxiety. The more stress they feel, the more they want to eat without feeling guilty, and salt intake causes the stress hormone cortisol to decrease.

      Other studies, meanwhile, suggest that cravings for sweet food are related to loneliness. Single mothers, women with few friends and people who have bad relations with their co-workers tend to consume more sweets to comfort themselves.

      Sweet food too temporarily causes stress levels to decline, but soon people's mood crashes and they can find themselves more depressed than before.

      Rather than indulging late-night cravings, doctors recommend regular workouts and enough sleep.

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