File this news under yes, please! In a new study, researchers at William & Mary and the University of Maryland say that they found a connection between pickled-food consumption and reduced levels of palpable social anxiety in young adults.
Exploring the so-called "mind-gut" connection, researchers found that eating probiotic-rich fermented foods (yes, that means kimchi and kombucha are on the list) may correlate with reduced social anxiety. The thought is that these microorganisms in your gut may in fact influence your mind.
The study looked at the dietary habits of 700 college students and found that the effect "was strongest amongst people that were high in neuroticism." Though the research is in its early stages, we're definitely hopeful and will be enjoying the salty foods with more enjoyment than usual.
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