If you really are what you eat, what would you be? A walking croissant? The occasional vegetable on a pizza? If, like most of us, you try to eat healthily but often fall off the wagon, there’s now another compelling reason to avoid junk food. Nutritional psychiatry is a new branch of research that focuses on preventing and treating mental disorders such as depression and anxiety through diet. In a nutshell: it tells you that some foods can boost your mental health.
Dr Tetyana Rocks, a post-doctoral research fellow, and accredited practising dietician at the Food and Mood Centre at Deakin University in Melbourne, is an expert in this area. Here’s what she wants you to know: