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If there’s one thing we all can agree about living here in Malaysia is that the food is amazing. Due to the multicultural heritage of our country, we’re blessed with an amazing variety of food. Of course, this can also be a gateway to eating unhealthily but if done in moderation, we really can enjoy good food with good health.
In fact, there’s evidence that maintaining a healthy diet, one that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables and limits highly processed foods, can help reduce symptoms of depression. Studies in the US have also found that adults with a high consumption of fast food like fries and soft drinks were more likely to report symptoms of moderate or severe psychological distress.
Professor Felice Jacka, an associate professor of nutrition at Deakin University in Australia found that simply following a healthier diet could reduce the risk of depression. Along with that, her work has highlighted that although healthier diets may vary from country to country, regardless of where you live, eating closer to a traditional, pre-industrial diet rich in plant foods, fish, unrefined grains and fermented foods, with less meat and processed foods help with maintaining good mental health.