(New York Times Summary)
Many studies have told us that diets packed with healthy fats from olive oil, nuts and seeds, plus fibre from fruits and veggies, and lean protein from fish (aka the Mediterranean diet) help reduce our risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and even some kinds of cancer. Well, now there's even more reason to follow what is arguably the world's healthiest diet - it's good for your mental health!
In a long-term study of over 10,000 Spaniards, none of which had depression to begin with, it was found that those who adhered the most closely to the Mediterranean diet showed the least incidence of depression at the end of the study. In fact, those who scored between 5 and 9 on a scale of 'following the diet as closely as possible' were about 50% less likely to develop depression than those who barely stuck to the diet (or not at all)!
Find out how following a Mediterranean diet helps you stay mentally and physically healthy by reading the article called "Lower Depression Risk Linked to Mediterranean Diet" at The New York Times (Oct 13, 2009).