Healthy Eating Decreases Risk of Depression


A healthy diet may reduce the risk of severe depression, according to a prospective follow-up study of more than 2,000 men conducted at the University of Eastern Finland. Depressed individuals often have a poor quality of diet and decreased intake of nutrients.
“The study reinforces the hypothesis that a healthy diet has potential not only in the warding off of depression, but also in its prevention,” says Ms Anu Ruusunen which presented this in her doctoral thesis in nutritional epidemiology.
A healthy diet characterized by vegetables, fruits, berries, whole-grains, poultry, fish and low-fat cheese was associated with a lower prevalence of depressive symptoms and a lower risk of depression during the follow-up period. Folate was also associated with a decreased risk of depression foods such as vegetables, fruits, berries, whole-grains, meat and liver are the most important dietary sources of folate.
Compared to an unhealthy diet characterized by consuming high amounts of sausages, processed meats, sugar-containing desserts and snacks, sugary drinks, manufactured foods, french rolls and baked or processed potatoes was associated with an increased prevalence of elevated depressive symptoms.
Depression is one of the leading health challenges in the world and its effects on public health and quality of life are vast. If you are dealing with depression, make your first choice today by living a healthy and nutritious lifestyle.


Source: Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, European Journal of Nutrition, Public Health Nutritionand Diabetic Medicine.


Celebrating Cinco de Mayo? Here is a healthy and delicious recipe you and your family can enjoy!

 ~Baja Fish Tacos~

Cilantro brings plenty of flavor to low-cal mahimahi in these festive fish tacos. Add a few chunks of avocado to get a creamy texture and heart-healthy fats. And the cabbage isn’t just filler—it offers plenty of Vitamin C. Be sure to squirt some lime juice on top for the ultimate tangy topping.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 7 minutes.
3/4 pound mahi mahi or other firm white fish fillets
2 teaspoons fajita seasoning
2 cups presliced green cabbage (about 6 ounces)
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
2 1/2 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream, divided (optional)
1/2 avocado, pitted and diced
Bottled salsa
Lime wedges
1. Lightly spray grill rack with nonstick cooking spray, and preheat grill.
2. Sprinkle both sides of fish with fajita seasoning, gently pressing into flesh. Grill fish 3-4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Flake into pieces with a fork; keep warm.
3. In a small bowl, mix together cabbage, lime juice, salt, and cilantro.
4. Wrap the tortillas in paper towels, and microwave 1 minute on HIGH or until they’re warm.
5. Place taco ingredients on the table for assembly. Spread each tortilla with 1 teaspoon of sour cream, if desired, and top with fish, cabbage mixture, and avocado. Serve with salsa and lime wedges on the side.
~Nutritional Information~
Calories per serving:                      235
Fat per serving:                               6g
Saturated fat per serving:                1g
Monounsaturated fat per serving:   3g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving:     1g
Protein per serving:                         20g
Carbohydrates per serving:             28g
Fiber per serving:                            6g
Cholesterol per serving:                 62mg
Iron per serving:                             2mg
Sodium per serving:                       507mg
Calcium per serving:                      75mg
Posted by: SSG