Spanish researchers recently published a study in the peer-reviewed journal Nutritión Hospitalaria showing a connection between consuming a Mediterranean diet and cognitive function, at least among older adults.
79 people over the age of 75 participated in the study. Researchers tracked their diet using the Mediterranean Diet Adherence Screener. They used the Mini Mental State Examination to measure cognitive decline.
During the study period, the researchers found a positive relationship between eating a Mediterranean diet and improved cognitive function.
So what is the Mediterranean diet? Well, in this case, it consisted of the following:
- Olive as the main source of fat
- Lots of fish
- Lots of fruit
- Hardly any foods high in sugar
- Hardly any red meat
This study joins a growing body of research showing a strong connection between nutrition and mental health. Here at Truehope, we have been promoting nutrition as mental health treatment for over 20 years.