Research has found that a diet high in fried food, processed meats, sweets, chocolate and fatty dairy products increases the odds of you getting depression. Hardly surprising but it is great that we're starting to get some valid scientific support in favour of a healthy, balanced diet.
food&drink towers has included 'moody food' in our 10 top trends for 2010 report that was published last week. Foods that help to improve our moods and mental state are expected to be the next big thing in functional food and drinks next year, but the important message is that fruit and veg are packed with mood-boosting nutrients in their natural state.
The study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, is the first to look at overall diet and depression. Previous research in this field has tended to focus on individual nutrients.
A research team at University College London quizzed nearly 4,000 Whitehall civil servants, with an average age of 55 about their eating habits and whether they suffered from depression.
They found that those who ate the most whole foods were less likely to report symptoms of depression.
And the opposite was true of those who ate the most junk food. Experts believe the high levels of antioxidants in fruit and veg, and of the B vitamin folate in broccoli, spinach and cabbage, may help to lower the risk of depression.