The food you eat plays an important role in your overall health, but did you know food has the power to either help or cause anxiety? You probably already knew that fast food and sugary foods are not good for you, but these types of foods can hurt more than your body; they can negatively affect your mood. Some of these bad foods can actually cause unpleasant physical reactions that can lead to shifts in mood, including irritability and anxiety. Sugar gives your brain a big dose of a feel-good chemical called dopamine, which explains why you are more likely to crave a candy bar than an apple, especially if you are already eating sugary foods. It’s important to choose foods that help to prevent anxiety before it even happens.