Study shows association between diet high in processed foods (meat, bread products and high-fat dairy products) and higher levels of depression.

Clinicians should note that a nutritional assessment should be included for postpartum women to insure the intake of “whole foods” (fruit, vegetables and fish) as described by this study.

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Reference: Jacka FN, Pasco JA, Mykletun A, Williams LJ, Hodge AM, O’Reilly SL, Nicholson GC, Kotowicz MA, Berk M: Association of western and traditional diets with depression and anxiety in women. Am J Psychiatry 2010; 167:305–311

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