According to a recent study by researchers at the
The participants were separated into two groups. One group who ate a diet largely based on “whole” foods, and another group who mainly ate, processed meat, high-fat and sweetened desserts. The results showed that those who ate the had a 26 percent lower risk of depression than those who ate mainly processed foods. More alarming though, was that the group with a diet was 58 percent more likely to be or become depressed.
Why did these results occur? Researchers put forth several hypotheses:
- Previous studies have shown a diet high in antioxidants can ward off depression.
- Eating may protect against depression because it contains high levels of the sort of which stimulate brain activity.
- They also thought that a “whole food” diet protects against depression because of the combined effect of consuming nutrients from lots of , rather than the effect of one single nutrient.
The final conclusion of the research “suggests thatpolicies will generate additional benefits to health and well-being, and that improving people’s diet should be considered as a potential target for preventing depressive disorders.”
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