If you are like me, just before dinner at our house is COCKTAIL TIME. And what goes great with that but Salty Snacks. Information from Food Network Magazine Sept. 2011 issue tells me that: There’s an upside to all those peanuts and pretzels I’ve been eating. According to a recent study, salt can lower stress and raise levels of oxytocin. a hormone known to ease social anxiety. So eat up those bar snacks.