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Consumption of Dietary Fiber in Relation to Psychological Disorders in Adults

Ardent consumption of foods rich in fiber may offer an individual significant protection against anxiety, depression, and psychological distress.

This study examined the influence of high fiber diets on the prevalence of psychological disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and psychological distress, among 3,362 Iranian adults. Researchers assessed submitted dietary questionnaires and mental health records of all the participants. 

Researchers observed that the greater the amounts of fiber-rich foods consumed, the better protected individuals are from anxiety and psychological distress. In addition, dietary intake of fiber was also found to protect women from depression in this study. The findings of this study reveal that high fiber diets may guard against the occurrence of psychological disorders, including anxiety, depression, and psychological distress.

Research Summary Information

  • 2021
  • Faezeh Saghafian, Nafiseh Sharif, Parvane Saneei, Ammar Hassanzadeh Keshteli, Mohammad Javad Hosseinzadeh-Attar, Hamid Afshar, Ahmad Esmaillzadeh
  • Department of Community Nutrition, School of Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics, Tehran, University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Food Security Research Center, Department of Community Nutrition, School of Nutrition and Food Science, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran. Department of Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada. Isfahan Gastroenterology and Hepatology Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran. Department of Clinical Nutrition, School of Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics, Tehran, University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Psychosomatic Research Center, Department of Psychiatry, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran. Obesity and Eating Habits Research Center, Endocrinology and Metabolism Molecular-Cellular Sciences Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Department of Community Nutrition, School of Nutrition and Food Science, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.
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