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Certain Foods More Closely Linked to Adult Depression

Key clinical point: Depressed individuals appear to consume more sweets and refined sugars, and fewer legumes, fruits, and vegetables than controls who were not depressed.

Major finding: Adults with depression were more than twice as likely to consume no legumes (adjusted odds ratio, 2.60) and to consume few fruits and vegetables (aOR, 2.69) as those who were not depressed, and almost twice as likely to have a high consumption of sweet foods and refined sugars (aOR, 1.91). No significant differences were noted in chocolate consumption between the groups.

Study details: The findings are based on results of a retrospective study of the diets of 76 adults with depression based on the Beck Depression Inventory questionnaire, and 56 adults without depressive symptoms.

Disclosures: The researchers had no financial conflicts.


Grases G et al. BMC Psychol. 2019. doi: 10.1186/s40359-019-0292-1.