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BODY CONNECTION
T
THE MINDRetailers
and suppliers take on mental health
BY ANDY NELSON
he heightened awareness of mental health in recent years has
impacted most corners of the American culture and economy,
and the fresh food industry is no different.
In fact, new scientific discoveries are making it increasingly clear:
many fresh foods play a crucial role in combatting depression and other
mental health problems.
The stress of the past two years from the COVID-19 pandemic has
been significant and pervasive, and it comes as no surprise that mental
health stress has increased as much as physical stress, said Dr. Daniel
Fick, chief medical officer for West Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee.
" With all types of health stress and concerns our society faces,
prevention is critical, " Fick said. " Having a healthy lifestyle is as
important to one's mental health as it is their physical health. "
Diet can play a critical role in that healthier lifestyle. Any diet that
incorporates whole, plant-based foods, lean protein or seafood with
omega-3 fats provides important nutrients that helps overall health
- physically and mentally, said Elisa Sloss, Hy-Vee's vice president of
HealthMarkets and dietitians.
" Studies have shown that diets that are more traditional or less
communication between
the gut and the brain.
Jessica Siegel, Gelson's
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There is a two-way
processed, like the Mediterranean diet, have been linked to lower
risks of depression, " she added. " High-fiber foods like fresh fruits
and vegetables, including dark leafy greens, are always dietitian
recommended. High-fiber grains, nuts or seeds also should be included
in an overall balanced diet. "
There isn't one particular food that can influence mental health, said
Jessica Siegel, registered dietitian for Encino, Calif.-based Gelson's.
Instead, it's an overall eating pattern that can impact health, be it
mental or physical. And Siegel agrees with Sloss that the best eating
pattern for robust mental health is the Mediterranean Diet, which
emphasizes healthy fats mainly from extra virgin first cold press olive
oil, plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, vegetarian protein sources for
two meals a day, whole intact grains, and other gut-friendly foods that
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