It’s fairly common knowledge that a Mediterranean-style diet is good for you, but a new research paper has revealed that maintaining this style of eating could help stave off depression later in life.
According to the Mayo Clinic, a Mediterranean diet consists of eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts.
It also recommends substituting butter with healthy fats (olive and canola oil) and using herbs and spices to flavour food rather than salt and restricting the amount of red meat and sugars.
The study was done in Greece among residents of day-care centres for older people.
“Our results support that depression in older adults is common and strongly associated with several risk factors,” the authors of the study concluded. “Adherence to a Mediterranean diet may protect against the development of depressive symptoms in older age.”