Diet and Depression: How Food Can Help with Depression Symptoms

Medical Reviewer:

What you eat can affect your mood -- positively and negatively. For example, getting enough of certain types of food, like beans and fish, may help you manage depression symptoms. But getting too much sugar, bread, and pasta may lower your mood.

"There aren't any specific foods that fight depression," says Marjorie Nolan Cohn, RD, CDN, a national spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and author of The Belly Fat Fix and Overcoming Binge Eating For Dummies.

The best thing you can do is eat healthy, Cohn says. "An overall healthy and balanced diet that provides the body with all the essential nutrients can help when someone is depressed."

However, some research has shown that certain foods may affect mood:

Food That May Improve Depression Symptoms