Increasing evidence suggests that the average American diet is contributing to the increase in mental health issues, with 8.4% of all American adults having experienced at least one depressive episode. Our research study explores the relationship between the food consumed and mental wellbeing. An anonymous online survey was conducted through Google form and shared through social media apps such as Facebook, Instagram, and GroupMe. This survey included basic demographic questions and questions regarding the individual’s dietary patterns and mental health status. The results were analyzed using the Pearson Correlation Coefficient in SPSS version 25.0. There is a positive correlation between mental wellbeing and consumption of components of the Mediterranean diet such as a variety of fruits and vegetables. Inclusion of nutrient dense food may significantly increase mental well-being.
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Sanchez, Mary; Yoo, Caleb; Wang, Tiffany; and Rosenburg, Adam, "Influence of Diet Quality and Mental Well-Being" (2023). Research Days Posters 2023. 88.