New research suggests stress can directly affect how food and drinks taste. On studies with mice, taste cells in the mouth responded differently to sweet tastes during times of stress. This makes sense that after an acute stressful situation, your body would want to replenish glucose stores in the body. Our current society provides many more chronic stress situations, where this biological safety net may cause cravings of sweets that the body doesn’t need to replace–one more reason to develop solid stress management skills. Read article.