Watch Out for These Foods: How Your Favorite Snacks Could Be Causing Anxiety

Have you ever munched on your favorite snack, feeling happy and content, only to feel super jittery and anxious a little while later? It’s like riding a roller coaster of feelings, from the high of a fun snack to the low of feeling worried or nervous. Believe it or not, some foods that seem to make us feel good can actually make us feel more anxious later on. Let’s dive into the world of sneaky snacks and discover which ones might be tricking us!

1. Sugary Sweets and Drinks

Imagine diving into a big, fluffy cotton candy or guzzling down a super sweet soda. It tastes like a party in your mouth, right? But here’s the catch: too much sugar can lead to a sugar rush, followed by a big sugar crash. When our bodies go through these ups and downs, it can make us feel more anxious or jittery.

2. Caffeine in Coffee, Tea, and Soda

Caffeine is like a jumpstart for your body. It’s what makes you feel awake and energized after drinking a soda or a cup of coffee. But guess what? Caffeine can also make your heart beat faster and make you feel more “on edge” or anxious, especially if you have a lot of it.

3. Processed Foods

Processed foods are things like chips, frozen meals, and other snacks that come in packages. They’re super convenient and can taste really good, but they often have a lot of hidden ingredients that can make us feel not so great. Some of these ingredients can mess with our mood and make us feel more anxious.

4. Highly Refined Carbs

Foods like white bread, white pasta, and pastries might seem like a good idea when you’re super hungry, but they’re like a sneak attack on your mood. They can make your blood sugar levels go up and down really fast, which can leave you feeling anxious and cranky.

5. Alcohol

Some adults might think that having a drink can help them relax, but alcohol can actually do the opposite. It can make you feel more anxious as it wears off. Plus, it can mess with your sleep, and we all know how cranky we can get when we don’t sleep well, right?

 What Can You Do Instead?

Feeling good isn’t just about what we eat, but there are definitely some smarter snack choices we can make:

  • Choose Whole Foods: Foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are great because they give your body good energy that lasts.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water keeps your body happy and helps you avoid feeling anxious.
  • Eat Balanced Meals: Try to include a little bit of everything in your meals—proteins, carbs, and fats—to keep your energy and mood steady.


Food is like fuel for our bodies and minds, and picking the right fuel can make a big difference in how we feel. Next time you reach for a snack, think about how it might make you feel later. Choosing snacks that are good for you can help keep those sneaky feelings of anxiety away and let the real feel-good vibes last longer!

For more information on anxiety, visit our Anxiety resource page.

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