Some happy talk about the Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Diet has become a favorite of nutritionists in recent years, especially for those with heart and other ailments. Now a new study that looked at a lot of earlier studies thinks it also can help mood.

Veggie plates are common in Italy, why can’t U.S. places offer the same?

“The evidence so far pointed to the idea that the foods we eat can make a difference in lowering our risk of depression, even though there is no solid clinical proof yet,” reports the BBC in detailing the new study in Molecular Psychiatry. The study reviewed 41 studies published within the last eight years.

One thought in the story caught my attention:  “It might be that eating bad foods – lots of sugar and highly processed foods – increases the risk of depression, meaning eliminating these from your diet is important.”

That’s possible. But my thought was people already depressed turn to sugar and processed foods to comfort themselves, so rather than being the cause of the depression those foods could be just the outward signs on it. Something to ponder.

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