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Feasibility and Acceptability of a Healthy Nordic Diet Intervention for the Treatment of Depression: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial

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Faculty of Medicine and Health, School of Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Södra Grev Rosengatan 32, 70362 Örebro, Sweden
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School of Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Meal Science, Örebro University, 71202 Grythyttan, Sweden
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Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, Uppsala University, 75122 Uppsala, Sweden
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Department of Clinical Sciences, Paediatrics, Umeå University, 90185 Umeå, Sweden
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Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Medical Sciences, Örebro University, 70182 Örebro, Sweden
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Unit of Integrative Epidemiology, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, 17177 Stockholm, Sweden
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Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, 17176 Stockholm, Sweden
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Academic Editor: Hsien-Wen Kuo
Nutrients 2021, 13(3), 902; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13030902
Received: 22 January 2021 / Revised: 5 March 2021 / Accepted: 8 March 2021 / Published: 10 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue An Updated Perspective on Diet and Depression)
Healthy diet interventions have been shown to improve depressive symptoms, but there is a need for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that are double blind and investigate biological mechanisms. The primary objectives of this randomized controlled pilot trial were to test the palatability of the meals and the acceptability of the intervention in preparation for an 8-week RCT in the future, which will investigate whether a healthy Nordic diet improves depressive symptoms in individuals with major depressive disorder, and associated biological mechanisms. Depressed (n = 10) and non-depressed (n = 6) women and men were randomized to receive either a healthy Nordic diet (ND) or a control diet (CD) for 8 days. Participants were blinded to their diet allocation and the study hypotheses. Health questionnaires were completed before and after the intervention and, throughout the study, questionnaires assessed participants’ liking for the meals, their sensory properties, adherence, and open-ended feedback. In the ND group, 75% of participants consumed only the provided foods, as instructed, compared to 50% of CD participants. The meals of both diets, on average, received good ratings for liking and sensory properties, though the ND ratings were somewhat higher. Overall, results were positive and informative, indicating that the planned RCT will be feasible and well-accepted, with some proposed modifications. View Full-Text
Keywords: depression; major depressive disorder; diet; nutrition; randomized controlled trial; randomized controlled pilot trial; healthy Nordic diet; mental health; palatability; food liking depression; major depressive disorder; diet; nutrition; randomized controlled trial; randomized controlled pilot trial; healthy Nordic diet; mental health; palatability; food liking
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Sabet, J.A.; Ekman, M.S.; Lundvall, A.S.; Risérus, U.; Johansson, U.; Öström, Å.; Adamsson, V.; Cao, Y.; Msghina, M.; Brummer, R.J. Feasibility and Acceptability of a Healthy Nordic Diet Intervention for the Treatment of Depression: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial. Nutrients 2021, 13, 902. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13030902

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Sabet JA, Ekman MS, Lundvall AS, Risérus U, Johansson U, Öström Å, Adamsson V, Cao Y, Msghina M, Brummer RJ. Feasibility and Acceptability of a Healthy Nordic Diet Intervention for the Treatment of Depression: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial. Nutrients. 2021; 13(3):902. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13030902

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Sabet, Julia A.; Ekman, Moa S.; Lundvall, A. S.; Risérus, Ulf; Johansson, Ulrica; Öström, Åsa; Adamsson, Viola; Cao, Yang; Msghina, Mussie; Brummer, Robert J. 2021. "Feasibility and Acceptability of a Healthy Nordic Diet Intervention for the Treatment of Depression: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial" Nutrients 13, no. 3: 902. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13030902

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