Eating this many fruits and veggies may lower depression

Researchers in China, Bangladesh, Wales, and Canada recently published a study in the BMC Psychiatry journal showing a connection between depression rates and fruit and vegetable consumption.

The researchers studied over 14,000 adults 18 years old and older in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal. They analyzed their self-reported depression results, as well as their fruit and vegetable consumption.

What they found was that eating at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day was connected to lower depression rates, at least in these South Asian populations. Eating fewer than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day was associated with higher rates of depression.

This is yet one more study in a growing body of research confirming connections between healthy diets and positive mental health.

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