Eating a Mediterranean-style diet – packed with fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, olive oil and fish – is good for your heart, many studies have found. Now scientists are suggesting the diet may be good for your mental health, too.
As reported in the New York Times, a study of over 10,000 Spaniards followed for almost four and half years on average found that those who reported eating a healthy Mediterranean diet at the beginning of the study were about half as likely to develop depression than those who said they did not stick to the diet […].
The study, which was funded by the Spanish government’s official medical research agency, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, does not prove a cause-and-effect relationship between the Mediterranean diet and a lower risk for depression, only an association between the two. Still, many scientists are convinced that some damaging inflammatory and metabolic processes involved in cardiovascular disease may also play a role in mental health.