Comfort-eating: People really do crave snacks and junk food when they are stressed, study finds

Stress really DOES make you crave snacks and junk food, study finds

  • Experts from Australia and NZ surveyed 137 adults about stress and their diets
  • Participants reported whether they felt anxious, nervous, panicky or worried
  • The team found people had more food cravings when they felt more tension
  • Furthermore, stress led to greater consumption of junk items and food overall 

People really do crave snacks and junk food to eat when they are stressed out by events in their lives, a study has confirmed.

Researchers from Australia and New Zealand surveyed 137 adults about their eating habits, feelings of tension and food cravings over the course of one week.

The subjects reported craving more food — and eating both more junk food but also more overall — the more tension they were

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‘Good people came into my life, and from that came good food’

She has a new cookbook, heralded for its delicious gluten- and refined-sugar-free brownies, but it’s the back story of Justine Murphy’s recipe collection, The Mymuybueno Cookbook, that has the food world talking.

Speaking to me on this week’s Biting Talk podcast, the cookery teacher and former private chef reflects on how food and cooking have helped her to deal with a traumatic childhood.

As a child she was subjected to violence from both her parents. ‘I was locked in a room for a lot of my childhood,’ she says. ‘I was isolated and in the hands of the wrong people for a very long time.’

She blames eating disorders that she suffered from as a young adult on her traumatic past and adds, ‘food played a really negative part of my life.’

Today, however, she says she thrives by ‘chasing happiness. I changed my life, chose who I wanted

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Most people don’t know how to safely cook chicken to prevent food poisoning. Here’s how to do it right.

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Cooked chicken.
  • Undercooked chicken is a common source of food poisoning.

  • If you’re cooking chicken at home, checking the color or texture is a common way of assessing whether it’s safe to eat.

  • But new research finds that those methods don’t actually work, since pathogens can still be present in chicken that looks or feels cooked. Even meat thermometers aren’t always reliable, the study found.

  • Experts recommend thoroughly cooking all surfaces of the meat to eliminate bacteria and other potential contaminants. 

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Chicken is one of the most common ingredients in kitchens around the world — millions of us eat it for dinner at least once a week.

If that’s you, you may be familiar with the classic techniques to make sure you don’t get sick: check it’s not pink on the inside, check the texture of the meat has long, thin

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‘Barefoot Contessa’ Ina Garten Says This is the Biggest Mistake Most People Make in Cooking

Food Network star Ina Garten is known for her down-to-earth persona and delicious dishes when it comes to cooking. As the host of Barefoot Contessa and author of various cookbooks, the culinary queen clearly knows her stuff when it comes to being a chef.

Though some recipes can be more intimidating than others, Garten revealed that both amateurs and professionals make this mistake when it comes to making meals.

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‘Barefoot Contessa’s’ checklist on book-worthy recipes

With her plethora of best-selling cookbooks, Garten has learned which recipes are the best to share with fans. The culinary icon has a certain checklist she runs through with each potential dish with a focus on keeping it simple.

“There are a few things I’m always looking for,” the Barefoot Contessa host said, according to “The first is, can

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