You’re stressing about something and find yourself noshing on carbs and sugar even when you’re not hungry. Every time you are stressed, you “need” a bag of chips! What gives?
“The area of the brain that delivers calming hormones is in the same part of the brain that gets pleasure from food,” says Marjorie Nolan Cohn, RD, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “When you need soothing, the chemical reaction you get from food can make you feel good in the moment. But the effects only last temporarily.”