Blog | Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Is there anything the Med diet can't do?

In addition to the cardiac, weight-loss and glucose-control benefits we already knew about, now comes the news that the Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of depression. According to a Spanish study in the latest issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, "individuals who followed the Mediterranean diet most closely had a greater than 30 percent reduction in the risk of depression than whose who had the lowest Mediterranean diet scores."

So maybe it's not just be the weather that makes southern Europeans so happy. Of course, the researchers might want to be careful in making conclusions about causation, since we have anecdotally observed a certain link between depressive symptoms and the desire to eat ice cream. But this research should fix that. Next time you have a bad day, try comforting yourself with olive oil instead!