This story is originally published by: https://health.usnews.com/health-care/for-better/articles/2018-05-10/how-nutrition-affects-teens-mental-health
Food has a greater impact on us than we think, especially our emotions and mental health.A 2013 study found that the risk of depression is 25 to 35 percent lower in those who eat a diet high in vegetables, fruits, grains and fish, while avoiding processed foods and sugar. Many nutrients found in various foods have a measurable effect on depression and other mental health conditions.
However, it's important to note that the effect of our eating habits on our mental health isn't just about what we eat. How we source our food, the care we put into preparing it and the way we eat it can be as – or even more – important than our food choices when it comes to our state of mind.
Along with growing, cooking, serving and carefully choosing our food, enjoying it is also key to mental health. Taking time to savor our food enhances well-being, through the mechanisms of presence, gratitude and mindfulness. Thus, such factors are also taken into consideration when working towards a goal in mind.