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Investigating the Relationship Between Food Quality and Mental Health
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1  National Institute of Food Science and Technology, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan
Academic Editor: Anet Režek Jambrak


This study aims to explore the relationship between food quality and mental health by conducting a comprehensive analysis of existing research. A systematic review was conducted to identify relevant studies published between 2010 and 2022. The selected studies encompassed various populations, including adults, adolescents, and elderly individuals, and examined the impact of food quality on mental health outcomes such as depression, anxiety, and cognitive function.

The findings of the analysis revealed a significant association between food quality and mental health. Several studies indicated that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins was positively correlated with better mental health outcomes. Conversely, a diet high in processed foods, sugar, and saturated fats was associated with an increased risk of mental health disorders.

Furthermore, the analysis highlighted the role of specific nutrients in mental health. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish and nuts, were consistently linked to improved mood and cognitive function. Additionally, the consumption of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals from fruits and vegetables showed positive effects on mental well-being.

However, it is important to note that the relationship between food quality and mental health is complex and influenced by various factors such as socioeconomic status, cultural background, and individual differences. Future research should consider these factors to obtain a more comprehensive understanding of the topic.

In conclusion, this study provides evidence supporting the relationship between food quality and mental health. Adopting a healthy diet rich in nutrient-dense foods may have a positive impact on mental well-being. Further research is needed to explore the underlying mechanisms and develop targeted interventions to improve mental health outcomes through dietary interventions.

Keywords: mental health, food quality