Eating More Fruits And Vegetables May Reduce Risk Of Depression According To A New Study

A recent study suggests that diets high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains may lower the rates of depression over time. 

If you're working on losing weight, feeling happier and increasing energy, the general nutritional advice is to exercise more and go on a diet. The diet you choose can make a difference on your brain health too.

New research by the American Academy of Neurology suggests that a diet of vegetables, fruit and whole grains that limits foods high in saturated fats and sugars, reduced the odds of becoming depressed over time.

Studies have shown that the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet linked to lower risk of stroke is also associated with lower rates of depression.

The DASH diet is designed to help treat or prevent high blood pressure (hypertension). It encourages lower consumption of sodium and a balanced variety of foods rich in nutrients that help lower blood pressure, such as potassium, calcium and magnesium.

The diet recommends avoiding highly processed packaged foods and fast food along with snacks and treats high in sodium and sugar. These foods aren't always easy to avoid. One way is to plan meals ahead at the start of the week and put more thought into what you shop. Focus on cleaner foods, those free from artificial ingredients, preservatives and excess sugar and salt. 

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Read more about the study here

Related: A controlled study on low-fat, low carb diets based on food quality (healthy fats and healthy carbs), showed the two groups lost weight at essentially the same rate.