Nutrition plays an important when it comes to health. Many associate a healthy diet with a healthy body but there is more to it. Researchers have found a link between nutrition and mental health. There have been over 20 studies that looked at this relationship and how what we eat affects mental health both negatively and positively.
The consensus reached by the many studies conducted that western diets that are heavy in processed grains, processed meats, and heavy in sugar, lead to an increased risk of depression. Sugars alone have been linked with elevated anxiety levels.
At the opposite pole, researchers found adults whose nutrition consists mostly of fruits, vegetables, olive oil, fish, unprocessed meats and dairy, reduce the risk of depression. At the same time, they reduce the risk of developing diabetes and promote a healthy body weight. Visceral fat is less common amongst adults that have balanced nutrition based on unprocessed foods and low in added sugars.