The Mediterranean diet has been linked with good health, including a healthier heart.
There is a growing interest in the Mediterranean diet to help improve depression. A study called “Smiles” has been carried out in Australia. For this study they randomly allocated patients with moderate or severe depression – most of whom were on medication or having psychotherapy – either to get more social support or to go on a “Mediterranean” diet. Those allocated to this diet were asked to cut back on sugary drinks and fast food, instead encouraged to eat more vegetables, nuts, unprocessed meat, fish and olive oil. After 12 weeks there were striking differences between the two groups, with those on the Mediterranean diet achieving much lower scores for depression and anxiety. Although this is a small study it is encouraging to see how good food can influence mood.
Food for Thought aims to inspire participants to think about how they can eat a Mediterranean diet on a budget.
The meals will be nut free and prepared in a nut free kitchen.