"Although it may be tempting to suppress feelings of stress, a normal reaction to stress is important to good health," explained one of the study's authors Kevin Laugero from the University of California, Davis.Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages can suppress the hormone cortisol and stress responses in the brain, but diet beverages sweetened with the artificial sweetner aspartame do not have the same effect, the findings showed."This is the first evidence that high sugar - but not aspartame - consumption may relieve stress in humans," Laugero noted.

"The concern is psychological or emotional stress could trigger the habitual overconsumption of sugar and amplify sugar's detrimental health effects, including obesity," Laugero said.Overconsumption of sugary drinks such as soda and juice have been linked to the obesity epidemic and several other health risks.

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