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What Makes Us Crave Sweets When Stressed?

For the most part, humans would generally try to look for some comfort food when they are stressed and a big chunk of people crave sweets, though I have met some who would rather have something salty when they want to relieve stress. But what is the reason behind craving these comfort food when we are under some pressure?

Although our brain accounts for just 2 percent of our body weight, the organ consumes half of our daily carbohydrate requirements—and glucose is its most important fuel. Under acute stress the brain requires some 12 percent more energy, leading many to reach for sugary snacks.

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