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True or False: Could Eating More Fruits Lower Depression?

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Taisiia Dobrozorova
Written by Taisiia Dobrozorova

Taisiia Dobrozorova is a nutrition and fitness writer at Unimeal and a healthy lifestyle devotee. She has accomplished several courses on health, nutrition, dietology.

on July 25, 2022

According to the latest survey by Aston University's College of Health and Life Sciences, people who frequently eat fruit are less likely to report symptoms of depression and less likely to feel apathy. 

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Study Lowdown

The study involved 428 middle-aged people from throughout the UK. Each participant consumed fruits 4–6 times a week. The research concluded that frequent fruits eating helped people with:

  • lowering depression
  • stress and anxiety decrease
  • improving wellbeing
  • positive effect on cognitive functions
  • psychological stability

Conversely, researchers concluded that chronic consumption of nutrient-poor (processed) foods, such as sweet and savory snacks (crisps, cookies, cakes, etc.), is associated with increased risk of depression, anxiety, stress, and lower psychological wellbeing.

FEEL-GOOD FOODS

If you want to improve your wellbeing, try adding nutrient-rich foods to your diet, such as apples, bananas, mango, blueberries, lychee, avocado, grape, nectarine, passion fruit, etc. Some exotic fruits can also invest in weight loss. A more potent influence on psychological health is raw fruit than cooked or canned.

The study also includes vegetables as an especially good food for cognitive function. Try to add to your meal plan: tomatoes, cabbage, kale, dark leafy greens, spinach, broccoli, and collards. 

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N.-J. Tuck, C. V. Farrow, J. M. Thomas. (2022, May 26). Frequency of fruit consumption and savoury snacking predict psychological health; selective mediation via cognitive failures. Cambridge University Press. DOI:10.1017/S0007114522001660