Investigating the “Sour Candy” TikTok Trend for Anxiety Relief

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Action News Jax examines a TikTok trend suggesting that sour candy can alleviate anxiety and panic attacks.

Certified Psychologist Dr. Justin D’Arienzo explains that the sourness acts as a distraction and releases dopamine, similar to spicy foods. Anxiety disorders affect 19.1% of U.S. adults, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

While sour candy can help with acute symptoms, Dr. D’Arienzo emphasizes it is not a cure and cannot replace psychotherapy and medication.