Depressed About Processed Food
Do you notice how your diet affects your mood and outlook?
While many studies have been looking for a single substance that contributes to depression, this study (presented in the British Journal of Psychiatry) considered the effects of dietary patterns. The authors compared middle-aged folks (average age 55) who eat “whole food” diets (heavy with veggies, fruits and fish) vs. those who eat “processed foods” (heavy with fried foods, sweet desserts, refined grains, processed meats and high-fat dairy).
After five years, the burger, fries and a shake folks had increased odds of experiencing depression. The fish and veggie folks had lower odds.
The anti-depression formula is not a drug, it is something much simpler and healthier: fruit with breakfast and for snacks, veggies with lunch and dinner, minimize the foods you know you shouldn’t eat much of and eat fish at least once a week. It really is that easy.