How diet impacts mental health

A diet high in fruit, veg and fish protects against depression and bipolar disorder, systematic reviews show

Emerging and convincing research suggests diet plays a crucial role in influencing mental health.

Several systematic reviews demonstrate a diet high in processed foods increases the risk of depression, whereas whole food intake (vegetables, fruits, fish, wholegrains and nuts) is protective.1,2,3

A cohort study (N=3486 middle-aged) found whole food intake compared with processed foods (high in sweetened desserts, fried food, processed meat, refined grains and high-fat dairy products) reduced the risk of