Eat Your Stress Away with these 5 Foods

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Image: Reuters Pictures

Grab a bowl of these foods rather than resorting to sugary foods.

Stress leads to emotional eating; however, there are certain foods that can help you eat away your stress. Long work hours, traffic jams, complicated relationships and many other reasons attribute to high stress levels in women. And high stress levels produce stress hormones like cortisol that deposit abdominal fat in otherwise slender women.

According to scientists, Vitamin C effectively lowers cortisol levels and thereby combats stress. Here’s a list of 5 foods that are rich in vitamin C and aid counter balancing your stress levels, so next time you are driven to eat out of emotional eating or just feel stressful, grab a bowl of these foods rather than resorting to sugary foods that further spike stress:

1. Berries

Blueberries, cranberries, strawberries and cherries are some of the richest sources of vitamin C that uplift your mood and fight cortisol. Eat them whole, or just add to your salads and smoothies for that sweet and tart flavour.

2. Tomatoes

These red juicy balls are flowing with vitamin C and polyphenols that not just lower stress but also fight certain diseases including cancer. Stuff them in your sandwiches, salads and gorge on a glass of tomato juice with a hint of mint.

3. Turnips

While a bowl of berries or tomatoes gives you 10 to 14 mg vitamin C, the same quantity of turnips transfers a whopping 27mg of vitamin C, i.e. 45% of your Recommended Daily Value. These are loaded with glucosinolates that are known for anti-inflammatory properties, as well as phytochemicals that aid burning belly-fat.

4. Raspberries

The nutritional vitae of Raspberries make them stand out of their league. A cup of this sweet and gorgeous fruit gives you 32.3 mg vitamin C along with a good dose of antioxidants and insoluble fiber.

5. Cantaloupe

The widely available cantaloupe is nature’s treat for you in summers. A cup of cantaloupe gives you staggering 58mg vitamin C which covers 96% of your daily need, without adding on extra calories.

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