Friday, November 20, 2009

Dieting on processed food ups risk of depression

While eating a diet high in processed foods increases the risk of depression, following a diet rich in fruit and fish can keep the condition at bay.

Previous studies had found that adopting a Mediterranean diet helps lower the risk of developing depression. In today's world, however, individuals consume less nutritious and fresh products than saturated fats and sugars.

According to a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, eating processed foods filled with chemicals, refined grains and sugars, processed meats, and high-fat dairy products places an individual at a 58 percent higher risk of depression.

On the other hand, eating whole foods including fruits, vegetables and fish lowers the risk of depression by 26 percent. It also improves memory, mood, and overall health.

They added that the fact that depressed individuals are less likely to adopt a healthy diet strengthens the credibility of the findings of their study.