Being depressed can negatively affect your appetite and what you eat – but can bad eating habits bring your mood down?
Our latest study – a systematic review of the best available evidence- found a clear link between the quality of a person’s diet and their risk of depression.
And it goes beyond the effect of diet on body size or other aspects of health that can affect mental health.
We took extra care in including only studies that took age – sex – income – body size – general health – smoking and physical activity into account in their analyses.
That way we could be sure that the associations between diet and the risk of depression are independent of these factors.
We aggregated the results of several studies and found a clear pattern that following a healthier – plant-rich – anti-inflammatory diet can help prevent depression.