Pickles are both an excellent ingredient in hamburgers and one of the weirdest, most frequent cravings of pregnant women. But did you know about the secret properties of those altered cucumbers? Pickles are not only great for your body in multiple ways, they also surprisingly can have an effect on your state of mind. Here’s how.
According to Smithsonian magazine, pickles can indirectly affect things like neurosis and anxiety. Matthew Hilimire from the College of William and Mary testifies to that effect: A study he co-authored experimented with the effect of fermented foods on social anxiety and neuroticism, and the results, chronicled for the National Center for Biotechnology Information, show that the foods did have an “anxiolytic effect.”
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