Eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains slashes depression risk by more than 10%

Mail Online | 2/26/2018 | Alexandra Thompson Health Reporter For Mailonline
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Eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains slashes people's risk of depression by more than 10 percent, new research suggests.

Following the so-called 'DASH diet' reduces people's likelihood of developing the mental-health disorder by up to 11 percent, a US study found.

Diet - Foods - Sugar - Risk - Depression

Those who eat a typical Western diet, which is rich in processed foods and sugar, are more at risk of suffering depression, the research adds.

Researchers add further studies are required to determine the association between diet and mental health, but add simple lifestyle changes may be preferred over medication to control such conditions.

Research - Lots - Produce - Benefits - People

Previous research suggests eating lots of fresh produce benefits people's mental health by improving their moods, giving them more energy and helping them to think clearly.

Around seven percent of adults in the US suffer from depression every year.

DASH - Diet

What is the DASH diet?

The Diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (DASH) way of eating is rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, lean meat, whole grains and fish.

Foods - Drinks - Salt - Meat

It is low in processed foods, sugary drinks, salt and red meat.

As well as being linked to better mental health, DASH is also promoted by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to prevent and control hypertension.

Studies - DASH - Reduces - Blood - Pressure

Previous studies suggest DASH reduces blood pressure in just 14 days, as well as promoting weight loss.

How the research was carried out

Researchers - Rush - University - Chicago - People

Researchers from Rush University in Chicago analysed 964 people with an average age of 81 every 12 months for around six-and-a-half years.

The study's participants were monitored for symptoms of depression, such as feeling hopeless about the future.

Food - Questionnaires - Researchers

They also completed food questionnaires, which the researchers...
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