Mental health link to diet change
Changes to diets over the last 50 years may be playing a key role in the rise of mental illness, a study says.
Changes to diet are being linked to a range of mental health problems
Food campaigners Sustain and the Mental Health Foundation say the way food is now produced has altered the balance of key nutrients people consume.
The period has also seen the UK population eating less fresh food and more saturated fats and sugars.
They say this is leading to depression and memory problems, but food experts say the research is not conclusive.
Dr Andrew McCulloch, chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation, said: "We are well aware of the effect of diet upon our physical health.
"But we are only just beginning to understand how the brain as an organ is influenced by the nutrients it derives from the foods we eat and how diets have an impact on our mental health."
And he added that addressing mental health problems with changes in diet was showing better results in some cases than using drugs or counselling.
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