Women who eat fewer than two serves of fruit a day face a greater risk of developing depression.
Researchers at the University of Queensland have revealed findings over a six-year study of more than 6000 Australian women.
UQ School of Population Health’s Professor Gita Mishra said the findings revealed a clear link between fruit consumption and the development of depressive symptoms.
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“We found that women who ate at least two servings of fruit a day were less likely to suffer from depression than women who ate fewer servings, even after taking into account other factors such as smoking, alcohol, body mass index, physical activity, marital status and education,” Professor Mishra said.
“We also found that eating two or more servings of fruit a day protected women from developing depression in the future.”
She said the findings highlighted the importance of a diet high in fruit to avoid the development of depression in middle age.
“Women experience depression at about twice the rate of men, and the rate of depression is growing rapidly.
“By 2030 it is expected to be one of the world’s top three diseases, making it a priority area for public health interventions.”