Food and Diet

How your next meal could help fight depression and stress

Story highlights

  • Whole, healthy foods provide micronutrients that help the brain better cope with stress
  • Sugar and highly refined, processed oils have been linked to mental health issues

(CNN)Do you find that food deeply affects your mood? Science is beginning to back up such gut feelings.

The link between poor diet and mood disorders has been long known, but what has been less clear is the direction of causality. When we're depressed, we tend to reach for lower-quality comfort foods, but can more comfort foods contribute to depression? And if we're depressed, can improving our diets improve our symptoms?
New research is helping to pave t