Eating with Mental Health in Mind
You've heard the expression "You are what you eat." The types of food we eat have a huge impact on not just our pants size, but also our mental well-being.
Foods nourish our mind as well as our body; what we eat each day can affect our mood and energy levels. Recent research shows that food can have a positive effect on depression, ADHD, and schizophrenia.
Nearly two thirds of people without daily mental health problems eat fresh fruit or fruit juice every day, compared with less than half of those who do report daily mental health problems. This pattern is similar for fresh vegetables and salad. Those who report some level of mental health problem also eat fewer healthy foods (fresh fruit and vegetables; meals made from scratch) and more unhealthy foods (chips, candy, fast food, ready-prepared meals).
Mental Health Foundation. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/d/diet-and-