Mediterranean diet and lifestyle halves the risk of depression

Much has been written about the Mediterranean diet and health. Less has been written about Mediterranean diets and emotional health. New research has gone beyond just diet to explore how a Mediterranean lifestyle might make us happier.

Can a Mediterranean lifestyle fight off depression? Mediterranean lifestyle did include the Mediterranean diet, but it also looked at physical activity and time spent socializing with friends.

The study included 11,800 people and lasted 8.5 years. Over that time, 806 people developed depression. But people who most closely lived a Mediterranean lifestyle had a 50% reduced risk of depression compared to those with the least Mediterranean lifestyle.

If you’ve ever travelled to Greece or Italy, these results might not surprise you at all!

Clinical Psychological Science 2016;

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