Healthy meals may lift depression. Australian researchers recruited 76 university students with at least moderate depression whose diets were high in processed foods, sugar, and saturated fat. None had diabetes. They randomly divided the participants into two groups, which had similar levels of exercise and antidepressant use. One group received brief nutrition education and instructions to eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, and other good-for-you foods. The other group’s eating habits didn’t change. After three weeks, the healthy eaters’ depression symptoms improved by 29 percent. The other participants felt no better. Stick to a healthy diet by planning nutritious meals in advance rather than making food choices when you’re too hungry to resist temptations.
January 2020 News, Mental Health, Coping, Nutrition