7 Foods To Avoid If You Suffer From Anxiety

Regular exercise and†healthy eating†can be immensely helpful for some people who suffer from anxiety.†If these lifestyle tweaks are not enough, consider how often you eat the following foods. Try reducing or cutting them out completely for a more calm and grounded mind.

If you suffer from regular anxiety that is affecting everyday activities, be sure to consult with your doctor.


It can be easy to reach for the donut or dessert when stress or anxiety set in, but do not give in.†Even though sugar momentarily makes the body energized, after a few minutes, blood sugar levels drop.

When blood sugar levels drop, feelings of anxiety kick in. If you crave something sweet when you’re anxious, eat healthy sweet foods like bananas and strawberries. Avoid table sugar and foods with added sugar.


Caffeine doesnít just worsen anxiety, it can cause anxiety for folks who donít suffer from it. In fact, it took me a long time to realize that coffee was the cause of my anxiety. As soon as I reduced my caffeine intake, my anxiety disappeared. Caffeine isnít in coffee alone. Itís found in tea, energy drinks, chocolate, soft drinks and so on.

Related: 7 Myths About Caffeine


Thereís so much salt in processed foods that we end up consuming more salt than our bodies need. Eating salty foods raises blood pressure and makes the heart work harder. This causes a frequent release of adrenaline, a stress hormone.

Limit your salt consumption to the recommended 3.7g per day.


If you always grab a glass of wine whenever youíre anxious, you could be making things worse. Alcohol hinders the production a serotonin, which is responsible for regulating mood.

Drinking alcohol also causes dehydration, which can cause anxiety. Instead of drinking alcohol to deal with stress, try other options like deep breathing or meditation.

Trans fats

Most of the trans fats we consume are found in junk and processed foods. Research shows that these fats increase the risk of depression and make the brain more prone to anxiety.

Avoid cooking with trans fats. Cook with any of these 6 cooking oils†instead.


Some people who are intolerant to gluten experience anxiety when they consume gluten-rich foods. Many of these people walk around with an undiagnosed gluten intolerance. Here are 10 signs of gluten intolerance to watch out for.

If youíre gluten intolerant, cutting down on wheat products can reduce anxiety.

Fast food

Fast food contains additives, chemicals, preservatives and many other ingredients that cause inflammation. Consequently, inflammation causes the mental state to decline and makes it hard for the brain to manage anxiety.

Try avoiding these foods if you suffer from stress and anxiety. Food wonít fix everything, but it often has a huge impact on mental health. Try pairing a healthy diet with exercise and meditation†to stay calm when eating the right foods just isn’t enough.

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Marie W
Marie W11 months ago

Thank you for posting.

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Sonia M11 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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thank you Brian...

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Chrissie Rabout a year ago

Common sense!!!

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Debbie Fabout a year ago

Good to know! Thanks!

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Marge Fabout a year ago

Thank you for posting this informative article.