Ladies hoping to avoid depression may want to change their diets. A new study, published in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, finds that healthy eating doesn't just affect a woman's waistline, but it could also have an impact on their moods.
In fact, the study says that certain foods might be associated with mood disorders, like depression.
Specifically, foods like pasta, white bread, chips, fatty red meat and soft drinks can affect how some women feel, according to this study.
Researchers say that women who ate and drank those foods were 29 to 41% more likely to be diagnosed with or treated for depression. Researchers also say those same women had higher indicators for signs of inflammation, inflammation previously linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. The study tracked 43,000 women over 12 years. None of the women had depression at the beginning of the study.
It's not clear how the inflammation is linked to mental health.
On the other hand, researchers say that foods like olive oil, coffee, wine and carrots do the opposite. Those foods can reduce inflammation and depression.