Are Stressed Animals Making Us Fat?

It has long been known that there is a strong link between chronic stress and obesity, but recent research has indicated that in addition to the stresses and strains of our own lives, the stress of the animals, fish and possibly the plants that we eat may also be contributing to our excess weigh – a concept called xenohormesis. Increasing pressures on the farming industry to produce large quantities of inexpensive food have led to animals being intensively reared in stressful conditions and researchers believe that obese livestock and unusual fat profiles in farmed fish are signs that we may be eating food that contains a stressed energy blueprint The thinking is that when we consume these foods our bodies begin to react so that we too become stressed and begin to lay down fat by increasing appetite and cravings for calorie dense foods.

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