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Think reaching for something sweet will cure the blues? Trust us, there are better options. Research suggests sugar actually does little to boost mood, and the body’s reaction to sweet treats might actually leave us feeling worse in the long run. To keep positive — and beat a grumbling stomach — choose healthier, more filling options high in protein and fiber like “ants on a log” or an apple with almond butter!

The Takeaway: Stay away from high-sugar foods to avoid mood swings and energy crashes.

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