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These 5 foods can trigger depression and anxiety

Certain foods can trigger mental issues like depression and anxiety and hence should be avoided.

Sangati Jogwar
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News Highlights

  • Processed food items can cause depression and anxiety.
  • Excess consumption of alcohol can disrupt sleep cycle and lead to mood swings.

Everyone knows that eating a clean diet is good for overall health and well-being. However. The impact of food on mental health is usually not taken into consideration. But studies have proved that certain foods can trigger mental issues like depression and hence should be avoided.

Processed foods

Eating food items that are high in refined sugar, unhealthy fats, and salt spike blood sugar levels leading to mood swings. Health experts recommend cutting down on sugar intake as it has been linked with anxiety and depression. Processed meals can cause inflammation in the body and brain leading to mood disorders like depression and anxiety.


Drinking wine in small amounts may be good for your health but it's overconsumption or addiction creates trouble for your physical and mental health. Excessive drinking can trigger sleep issues, disturbed sleep, and a spike in blood sugar, more so if you drink alcohol on an empty stomach. It can also cause hangover symptoms like anxiety and dehydration.


Too much caffeine consumption can trigger nervousness, irritability, and anxiety. It disrupts the sleep cycle and reduces the absorption of certain important vitamins that leaves you feeling unenergetic throughout the day. Drinking it in moderation or replacing caffeine with herbal teas like lavender or peppermint can be much more refreshing and calming.


Gluten is a protein that is found in barley, rye, and wheat and in many people can cause inflammation in the brain. It leads to mood disorders, anxiety, and depression. Studies have found that people who are always on the edge or anxious should try eliminating foods containing gluten. Sometimes gluten sensitivity is also caused due to Celiac disease.

Foods high in fat

A high-fat diet rich in Trans and saturated fats increases the possibility of many health issues as well as mental problems. High-fat dairy and butter can block arteries, reduce flow of the blood to the brain, and can affect its functioning. Diets that are high in refined sugar and saturated fats trigger higher levels of anxiety.

Disclaimer: This piece of article is for basic information purposes only. It's always advisable to consult a doctor for any type of health issue.

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