According to a study, filling up on vegetables, fruit, and whole grains may help brighten your mood.

By Ananda Eidelstein
Updated February 27, 2018
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You already know that vegetables, fruit, and whole grains are good for you, but here's something new: Wholesome food may help you fight depression naturally too, according to a new study.

“There is evidence linking healthy lifestyle changes to lower rates of depression and this study sought to examine the role that diet plays in preventing depression,” explains Laurel Cherian, MD, the study author.

The study, conducted by the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, found that people who replaced saturated fat, sugar, and red meat with vegetables, fruit, and whole grains were 11 percent less likely to suffer from depression. Those who followed a diet high in red meat and saturated fat and low in vegetables were more likely to develop depression.

Depression affects about 16 million American adults every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 1 out of every 6 adults in the United States will suffer from depression at some time in their lives.

As of now, the study only shows an association, but it sure can’t hurt to eat more whole foods considering they also help combat chronic inflammation.