Food for Your Mood: Think Whole and Plants!
We don’t have to remind you how good whole plant foods are for your heart — because, well, we tell you all the time! But did you know that the same foods that lower your risk of high blood pressure and heart disease may also help you maintain a positive outlook on life? In a study, more than 900 people were monitored for more than six years. Those who ate plenty of vegetables, fruit, and whole grains (and little saturated fat, sugar, and refined grains) were less prone to symptoms of depression than those who did not. In fact, the more closely people followed a typical Western diet — high in saturated fat, red meat, refined grains, and processed food and low in veggies and fruit — the more likely they were to develop depression. This study doesn’t prove that diet can cause or protect from depression, but it’s not the first to suggest it may play a role. There’s evidence that chronic inflammation may contribute to depression (and a host of other health conditions), and we know that eating can either fuel the fire of inflammation or help to extinguish it. Vegetables, fruit, nuts, and fish such as salmon have anti-inflammatory effects, while the Western diet’s “usual suspects” like fried food, red meat, added sugars and syrups, and processed carbs are pro-inflammatory. Create a weekly menu that’s heavy on colorful produce and other whole plant foods. You’ll improve your health — and potentially your happiness!

Source: Diet Shown to Reduce Stroke Risk May Also Reduce Risk of Depression