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The Evolution of Food and Mood: A New Conceptualization in Mental Healthcare

The foods that comprise our dietary and nutrient intake patterns can influence virtually every aspect of our psychological functioning. Most people are aware of the mood-relaxing effects of tryptophan in turkey, and the energizing effects of caffeine, but few are...

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Nutritional Psychology: Towards the Development of a New Integrated Model of Mental Healthcare

So many of us have powerful feelings and experiences related to the foods we eat. Yet many of these experiences aren’t validated through research, nor are they adequately addressed within the current mental healthcare model. The Center for Nutritional Psychology...

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Can 3 weeks of healthy eating actually improve depressive symptoms in young people?

In this recent study published in October of 2019, Dr. Heather Francis and her colleagues conducted a randomized controlled trial to determine whether a brief 3-week healthy dietary intervention could reduce symptoms of depression in young adults (click here to watch...

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Only 1 in 10 Adults Get Enough Fruits or Vegetables

Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of many leading causes of illness and death, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and obesity. Despite these positive health benefits, few adults meet...

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Western dietary patterns have been linked to increased risk for mental disorders

The association between depression and being overweight/obese is known, but this new research led by Professor Wendy Oddy from the Menzies Institute for Medical Research of University of Tasmania and involving participants from the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort Study, focused...

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