In April 2019, researchers in Turkey published a study in Ecology of Food and Nutrition, showing a connecting between diet and depression in young women.
The researchers recruited over 130 female university students, and had them fill out questionnaires, which tracked their physical activity, body measurements, depression scale, and food intake over 3 days. They then compared the diets and depression levels of participants.
What they discovered was that there was a significant association between a high inflammatory diet and increased odds of depression incidence.
This is one more study in a growing body of research showing a connection between what we eat and our mental health. Here at Truehope, we’ve been promoting nutrition as mental health treatment for over 20 years.