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We all know that aspartame sweeteners found in diet beverages are bad for our nervous systems. However, a new study published by the Endocrine Society in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism indicates that regular sugar-sweetened beverages can have a negative impact of suppressing your body’s immediate response mechanism to stress and reduce the hormone cortisol, while diet beverages with aspartame sugar didn’t have the same effect. People might believe that the intake of sugar causes immediate psychological relief, yet truth is that sugar makes us edgy, irritable and reduces our body’s natural stress-defense mechanisms, not to mention the extensive research making the strong correlation between the consumption of soda beverages to diabetes, obesity and cancer. The study conducted showed that women who drank sugar-sweetened beverages just before taking a math test had more activity in the hippocampus part of their brain than those who simply consumed beverages with aspartame. The hippocampus is directly responsible for memory and stress regulation, and is usually inactive in normal situations when the body is undergoing high stress levels. So the next time you are feeling stressed, it is best to avoid sodas all together as not to overreact.