Diet and Depression: Is There a Link? According to U.S. News, people who eat fast food often have an increased risk of developing depression compared to those who follow a healthier diet, such as the Mediterranean diet.
“Can food help you beat depression? The answer is a resounding yes.”
So writes one of the leading proponents of the nutrition-depression connection. Dr. Drew Ramsey, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, has written several books and articles and given TEDx talks on the subject. “The most interesting thing to emerge [in depression research] recently is diet,” he says. “People who eat a lot of fast food have about a 60 to 80 increased risk of developing depression, and those who eat a Mediterranean diet have a reduced risk of 40 to 50 percent,” he says, noting the same numbers appear with diet and dementia.
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