Eating more fruit and fewer savory snacks predicts better mental health, study finds

New psychology findings offer evidence that the food we eat has a direct influence on our mental health. Eating more fruit predicted fewer depression symptoms and greater psychological well-being. Eating savory snacks (but not sweet snacks) positively predicted anxiety. The findings suggest that adjusting one’s intake of nutrient-poor (processed) and nutrient-dense (unprocessed ) foods may help protect mental health, the study authors speculate that, “how often we consume fruit may be more important than the total amount we consume.”

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