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Association between depression and fruit and vegetable consumption among adults in South Asia

Consuming at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day may help to keep depression at bay.

This study compared the incidence of depression with the frequency of consumption of fruits and vegetables. Researchers charted fruit and vegetable intake levels with the occurrence of depressive symptoms among 14,133 men and women recruited from Nepal, India, and Bangladesh. 

Researchers observed that individuals who ate 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day had great tendency to stay free from depression than their colleagues who rarely consumed these plant foods. This study highlights the preventive effect of higher intake of fruits and vegetables against depression.

Research Summary Information

  • 2017
  • Ghose Bishwajit, Daniel Peter O'Leary, Sharmistha Ghosh, Yaya Sanni, Tang Shangfeng, Feng Zhanchun
  • Institute of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, 1000, Bangladesh. brammaputram@gmail.com. School of Medicine and Health Management, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China. brammaputram@gmail.com. School of Psychology, Bangor University, Bangor, Wales, UK. Department of Sociology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, 1000, Bangladesh. School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada. School of Medicine and Health Management, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China.
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