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“Trauma can cause toxic stress, which can actually disrupt the gut-brain circuitry. It can damage your metabolism, and it can lead to different impacts, such as not knowing when you’re full and increasing cravings for salty, sugary, fatty foods,” said Leslie Soble, Senior Program Manager, Food in Prison at Impact Justice. “Additionally, for the over 80% of people who are incarcerated, who struggle with substance use, the typical prison diet can actually increase cravings for unhealthy substances, along with salty, sugary, unhealthy foods, rather than helping to disrupt that cycle and help heal the body from use of those substances.”

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