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Fruit and vegetable consumption and risk of depression: accumulative evidence from an updated systematic review and meta-analysis of epidemiological studies.

​The odds of avoiding depression may be stacked in favor of high consumers of fruits and vegetables.

This research work studied the correlation between fruit and vegetable intake and the odds of suffering depression by means of a meta-analysis. Researchers analyzed data from 27 published studies that examined the link between dietary ingestion of fruits and vegetables and the risk of depression.

Researchers discovered that frequent consumers of fruits and vegetables were less prone to suffer from depression compared to low- and non-consumers of these types of foods. "This finding supports the current recommendation of increasing fruit and vegetable intake to improve mental health," concluded the authors.

Research Summary Information

  • 2018
  • Saghafian F, Malmir H, Saneei P, Milajerdi A, Larijani B, Esmaillzadeh A.
  • Students' Scientific Research Center,Tehran University of Medical Sciences,PO Box 1417755331, Tehran,Iran. Department of Community Nutrition,School of Nutrition and Food Science,Food Security Research Center,Isfahan University of Medical Sciences,PO Box 8174673461, Isfahan,Iran. Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Center,Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinical Sciences Institute,Tehran University of Medical Sciences,PO Box 1414413137, Tehran,Iran. Department of Community Nutrition,School of Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics,Tehran University of Medical Sciences,PO Box 141556117, Tehran,Iran.
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