A study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry shows that processed or junk food contributes to depression. Food and mood data was collected from 3,486 men and women in London over 5 years. The processed food pattern of eating more sweets, fried food, high fat diary and refined grains was associated with a higher chance of being depressed. Compared to a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, fish and whole grains.
The researchers list some tips for optimal physical and mental health:
- Have breakfast, breakfast eaters consume more fiber calcium and micronutrients
- Eat sweets on occasion
- Snack on apple, cheese, carrot sticks and nuts
- Read Food labels
- Limit salt intake
- Make eating together as a family a priority