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Sugar sweetened beverages may have the ability to suppress the hormone cortisol and stress responses in the brain, reports an article in MNT. The article notes that the same is not true for diet drinks, which contain the sweetener called Aspartame. One concern is that people who feel habitual psychological or emotional stress may overindulge in sugary drinks, leading to detrimental health effects such as obesity. These findings may help explain how differences in dietary choices can lead to underacting or overreacting to stress. To read this article in its entirety, click here.