DASH diet – slashes depression risk

DASH diet – Eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains slashes depression risk by more than 10%

  • Following the ‘DASH diet’ reduces people’s risk of depression by up to 11%
  • Eating a Western diet makes people more at risk of the mental-health disorder
  • Simple dietary changes may be preferable for patients over medication
  • Previous research suggests healthy food boosts people’s moods and energy
  • Around 7% of adults in the US suffer a depressive episode every year

Eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains slashes people’s risk of depression by more than 10 percent, new research suggests.

Following the so-called ‘DASH diet’ reduces people’s likelihood of developing the mental-health disorder by up to 11 percent, a US study found.

Researchers add further studies are required to determine the association between diet and mental health, but add simple lifestyle changes may be preferred over medication to control such conditions.

Previous research suggests eating lots of fresh produce benefits people’s mental health by improving their moods, giving them more energy and helping them to think clearly.

Around seven percent of adults in the US suffer from depression every year.

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Those who eat a typical Western diet, which is rich in processed foods and sugar, are more at risk of suffering depression, the research adds.

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