The study found that nutrient-boosting and fat-reduction diets had a “small but significant” effect on women. There were no benefits of dietary interventions for depression or anxiety in men, however. Moreover, when dieting was combined with exercise, a greater improvement in depressive symptoms was experienced. Researchers suggest highly specific or specialized diets are unnecessary for most people.
Lightbulb Moment: The researchers emphasize that while diet does indeed affect mood and depression, it is not a panacea. It is balanced and true to the results. Beware of so many trendy diets that make claims well beyond their abilities. Consumers and companies should weigh their over reaching claims against the harm they do to consumers by villainizing foods or food groups.