Foods to Avoid If You Have Anxiety or Depression

August 18, 2020

1.    Fruit Juice

The fibre in whole fruit fills you up and slows down how your blood takes in energy. Without fibre, you’re just drinking nutritious sugar-water that can quickly hype you up. Eat your fruit whole. When you’re thirsty, drink water. 

2.    Regular Soft Drink

It has all of the blood-spiking sugar of fruit juice with none of the nutrition. Sugar-sweetened drinks have a direct link to depression. Try soda water with a splash of juice instead. It will give you a bubbly fix without too much of the stuff you don't need.

3.    Diet Soft Drink

You may not have the energy crash that comes with having too much sugar, but diet soft drink may make you depressed. Too much of the caffeine that many soft drinks have can be bad for anxiety, too.

4.    White Bread

The highly processed white flour it's made from quickly turns to simple carbohydrates (sugar) which creates a spike in blood sugar after you eat it. These energy spikes and crashes can be bad for anxiety and depression. You can still enjoy your bread or toast -- just switch to whole-grain bread.

5.    ‘Light’ Dressing

Gets its sweetness from aspartame, an artificial sweetener linked to anxiety and depression. Check the ingredients or, better yet, make your dressing at home from scratch. 

6.    Tomato Sauce

Is made from mostly tomatoes with LOTS of sugar! And the “light” stuff may have artificial sweeteners that could be linked to anxiety and depression.  Try homemade tomato salsa instead. Add a bit of cayenne pepper. 

7.    Coffee

If you’re not used to it, the caffeine in it can make you jittery and nervous. It could also mess up your sleep. Neither helps anxiety or depression.

8.    Energy Drinks

They can cause unusual heart rhythms, anxiety, and sleep issues. That’s because it’s not always easy to know the sky-high caffeine levels hidden in ingredients like guarana. These beverages often have loads of sugar or artificial sweeteners, too.

9.    Alcohol

Even a little can mess up your sleep. Not enough rest can raise anxiety and cause depression. Too much sleep can cause even more problems. The key is dosage: A drink a day for women, and two a day for men, is the limit.

10.  Icing (Frosting)

Sugar! And it’s also loaded with around 2 grams of "trans fats" per serving. They're linked to depression. Sometimes called “partially hydrogenated oils,” they’re also in fried foods, pizza dough, cakes, cookies, and crackers. Check your labels.

11.  Soy Sauce

This one is only for people who are sensitive to gluten. In addition to breads, noodles, and pastries, it’s also in pre-packaged foods like soy sauce. If you’re sensitive to gluten, it can cause anxiety or depression.

12.  Processed Foods

If you eat lots of processed meat, fried food, refined cereals, candy, pastries, and high-fat dairy products, you’re more likely to be anxious and depressed.

13.  Doughnuts

Little treats now and then can help your mood. But just so you know: Doughnuts have all the wrong kinds of fats, snow-white flour with little fibre to slow absorption, and lots of added sugar. So, make them a treat, not a routine. – WebMD