Eating fewer than two servings of fruit a day puts women at a greater risk of depression. Researchers from University of Queensland School of Population Health found a clear link between fruit consumption and the development of depressive symptoms.
“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.”
For the study, the researchers conducted a six-year study of more than 6,000 Australian women. However, there was no link between vegetable intake and depression. “More research is needed on the different effects of fruit and vegetables, but this may be because fruit has higher levels of anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants, such as resveratrol, which is not found in vegetables.”