Eating Avocado When You’re Stressed May Not Be So Healthy After All


If you're having a stressful day, some good options to cool your jets include screaming into a pillow, avoid reading the statuses of Trump supporters on Facebook and screaming into a pillow some more because you just had to read those statuses.

However, if you're looking to take a big bite into an avocado as a way to simmer down, don't.

Put that 'cado down, man.

According to a recent study from the University of Ohio, your body tends to process foods that have healthy fats, such as a avocados, nuts, coconut oil and salmon, in a way that nixes their positive attributes.

In the words of the study's author Jan Kiecolt-Glaser,

It's more evidence that stress matters.

Basically, the study showed if you were stressed out, your blood tests would come back with roughly the same inflammation marker levels whether you ate saturated fats or healthier fats, like sunflower oil.

Way to go, body! Thanks for being such a jerk.

Now, before you guzzle down a tub of ice cream into your gullet, screaming, "THERE IS NOTHING I CAN DO! STRESS HAS WON! THE END TIMES ARE NIGH," realize first there are plenty of healthy eating options for you when you're stressed.

Just not healthy fats. So don't put a straw into a package of guac, K? It will only lead you further down the path of rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease and diabetes.

In fact, you can avoid chronic inflammation by eating a Mediterranean diet, which features a lot of anti-inflammatory ingredients.

So, tell your pet goat you're sorry but he needs to get in yo' belly STAT.

If you're feeling stress-free right now, go on a spread that avocado all over your sandwich like wildfire. It's still good for you.

Let 2016 be the year of healthy eating, sans stress!

Citations: If You're Stressed, Science Says Eating Healthy May Not Help (Brit+Co)