Junk food lowers stress

Junk food may lower stress: research

Posted Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:50pm AEDT
Updated Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:57pm AEDT

A young boy holds a hamburger.

Good for what ails you? Junk food like burgers could make you less stressed, new research suggests (AFP)

New Australian research shows that eating junk food appears to lower stress levels.

Professor Margaret Morris from the University of New South Wales conducted research on mice who had been separated from their mothers.

Animals given junk food appeared less stressed and agitated than those fed on a healthy diet.

Professor Morris says the brain pathways regulating appetite in rats are similar to those in humans.

The research was presented at the Australian Neuroscience Society meeting in Hobart.

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