Depression: eat your way out of it!

Posted on October 3, 2010 by

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Christy Ewing

A study In the November 2009 issue of The British Journal of Psychiatry found that those with the highest intake of whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables and fish, had significantly lower incidences of clinical depression than those who ate a diet laden with processed foods.  The 5 year study found that those who consume a lot of processed meat, chocolate, sweetened desserts, refined cereals, high fat dairy and fried foods were more vulnerable to depression over time.  Researchers suggest that the cumulative effect of eating certain foods, like fish with healthy omega-3 fatty acids, produce with antioxidants and legumes and cruciferous leafy vegetables with folates, may be the reason.  The study concluded  that even after adjusting for factors such as smoking and fitness level, “a processed food dietary pattern is a risk for …depression 5 years later, whereas a whole food pattern is protective.”  An added bonus is that processed foods are often pricier than whole foods, so a poor diet may be damaging your wallet in addition to your health.