Stress eating is well renowned for not being great for your health. But new research now suggests that it’s not good for your mental health either.
All you have to do is take a lap around your local supermarket to see that so called ‘healthier’ foods come with a bit more of a price tag than the conventional ‘unhealthy’ foods. You’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s all a bit of a con, but what if I said it was not just an investment in your physical health (stating the obvious there), but also an investment in your mental health??
Recent studies show that stress eating on foods such as crisps, chocolate and biscuits (just a few examples) exhibited greater levels of depression, fatigue and emotional stress within just 10 days. In some cases, increasing these by 47%. Whereas those who snacked on fruit actually saw their anxiety levels lower by up to 32%.
But why can fruit have this effect?
Well the answer lies in fruits magical (ok not magical) ability to spike the brains production of serotonin, a feel-good neurotransmitter that can lower levels of anxiety.
If feeling stressed, try not to reach for the salty, or high fatty snacks. Instead hit the sweet spot with the sweetness of some fruit.
The high fatty snacks will only fuel your stress levels. If you want to be free of them and reduce anxiety, then grab a piece (or two) of fruit to keep you on the right path.