London: Stressed at work? Fret not. Just have two spoonfuls of sugar in your tea -- it`ll help anxiety sip away, say researchers.
A new study has found sweetened drinks make people less aggressive and argumentative as the sugar rush provides the brain with the energy it needs to keep impulses under
control, stopping people from lashing out when under pressure.
"When provocation is likely, for example, when encountering a difficult supervisor at a meeting, drinking a sweetened beverage prior to this encounter might increase one`s ability to effectively inhibit aggressive impulses.
"Consuming a sweetened beverage on the commute home following a stressful day could reduce aggression toward family members or fellow drivers," the researchers were quoted
by the `Daily Mail` as saying.
In fact, for the study, the researchers gave lemonade to a group of men and women. Some was sweetened with sugar, the rest with an artificial sweetener.
The volunteers were set a series of stressful tasks, culminating in preparing a speech. After giving their talk, some were provoked by being told the content was boring and
Those who had drunk the sugary lemonade rose less to the bait, according to the findings published in the `Journal of Experimental Social Psychology`.