Foods To Avoid When You’re Stressed

Woman eating a cupcake

Eating certain foods can actually make stress levels increase, so it’s important to remember which foods to avoid. 

Stress has the ability to control how humans behave, often making radical decisions, so it’s easy to be care-free of what food we consume in times like this. 

Stress can either make people food-deprived or mindless munchers

Eating when stressed is the way many people relax, however, there are some to foods to avoid as they can make you feel even worse.

Here are the foods you must avoid when feeling stressed: 



Drinking caffeine boosts energy rapidly, which in a stressful state only adds fuel to the fire.

No doubt coffee will enhance mood and energy but coming down from that high can feel awful. Caffeine drinks full of sugar should especially be avoided, such as a Frappuccino or latte. 

Caffeine provides a jittery and nervous effect on the body, and while stressed, that’s the last thing anyone wants or needs. Coffee elevates cortisol levels which is a steroid hormone that helps the body respond to stress. When levels are increased too much, it can lead to negative effects including chronic stress and weight gain.

Fried Foods

Fried Chicken

Frying food and biting into crunchy goodness may be satisfying in the moment, but in the long run, when stressed, fried food can result in the body feeling flat and sluggish. Fried food provides zero nutritional value and does not help stress levels decrease. 


Salted pretzels

This delicious snack is the perfect type of food to mindlessly munch on in stressful situation – it’s small, crunchy and has the right amount of salt and flavour. However, pretzels are high in sodium which will increase blood pressure and its refined carbs can enhance anxiety levels – hardly ideal when stressed. 

This is due to pretzels being made from simple, quick-digesting carbs where lifting the mood will only last a short-period of time before rapidly dropping back down to low levels as glucose levels will increase. 



Although tofu is a healthy alternative to a lot of ’unhealthy’ foods, soy is tofu’s main ingredient which is, consequently, something needed to be avoided when stressed.  Soy is high in copper which is a mineral linked to anxious behaviour. A lot of soy products are also packed with high GMO ingredients – known to negatively affect one’s health. 

Refined Sugar 


Added sugar in foods including bread, lollies, biscuits, pastas, condiments and soft drink, can give the body a high boost of energy before experiencing a sugar ‘low’. This is the body’s response to sugar levels reaching a high and comes crashing back down to an even worst state afterwards. Sugar rushes cause highs and lows with mood and energy as the body tries to stabilise blood sugar level, increasing stress, anxiety and lethargy. 

Czelene Villanueva


Czelene is an aspiring journalist who wants to enter into the field of news, film and television. She loves being with her friends and family and can never resist going out to eat, especially Korean bbq. Czelene has also been lucky enough to travel and has visited multiple countries including Japan, Switzerland and France- Iceland is next on her bucket list as she prefers the freezing cold than the scorching Australian heat.

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