Can sugar increase anxiety?

Yes! A review of the literature looking at the effects of diet on anxiety-related behaviour highlighted that foods high in fat and/or sugar, can affect behaviour in animal models, and may do the same in humans. However, more human studies are needed.

There are many hidden sugars in the foods we eat, including savoury foods, such as pasta sauce, ketchup, salad dressing, BBQ sauce, chilli sauce and other jarred sauces. Our body needs a healthy balance of carbohydrates, fats and proteins to function, and it is that very balance that helps keep us healthy. Consuming sugar through natural sources such as a piece of fruit, but not fruit juice, affects the body differently than candy, sodas or hidden sugars in foods.

Give a new way of eating a try and see how you feel:

cut back on sugar and highly processed foods

reduce caffeine and alcohol

eat foods rich in zinc, such as oysters, kale, broccoli, legumes and nuts

eat foods rich in magnesium, such as fish, avocado, dark leafy greens

eat foods rich in vitamin B, such as asparagus, leafy greens and lean meat

eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild caught salmon, mackerel and trout

eat probiotic rich foods, such as kefir, plain yogurt, kimchi and homemade sauerkraut

Make eating real food Just Routine

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