In our most recent issue, we highlighted a recent study showing a link between proper nutrient intake and mental health.
Last fall, researchers in China published a study in Public Health Nutrition regarding the effect specific diets have on mental health. This is somewhat different from last issue’s study, which focused on specific nutrient levels and their effect on mental health.
This group of 8 researchers—along with public and school nurses, as well as interviewers—studied the eating habits of over 5000 Chinese youth ranging in age from 13–21. They also measured their levels of depression and anxiety.
What they discovered is that diets high in processed foods or animal-based foods increased the risk of depression and anxiety.
On the other hand, they discovered a traditional Chinese diet (whole grains, fruits, vegetables, rice, and some soya products) actually lowered the risk of depression and anxiety.
A 2006 study found similar correlations regarding a traditional Mediterranean diet (fruits, nuts, vegetables, cereals, legumes, and fish) also protected against depression in young people.
-Taken from an article in the Truehope Common Ground Newsletter.