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Bad Food Bad Mood

Many people crave for junk food when they are bored or depressed. In the long run, however, junk food is the cause of depression, according to studies.


Eating junk food increases the risk of becoming depressed, a study has found, prompting calls for doctors to routinely give dietary advice to patients as part of their treatment for depression.

In contrast, those who follow a traditional Mediterranean diet are much less likely to develop depression because the fish, fruit, nuts and vegetables that diet involves help protect against Britain’s commonest mental health problem, the research suggests.

Original article: junk food raises risk of depression


Researchers at the University of Melbourne examined over 1000 randomly selected women, ages 20-93, assessing for symptoms of depression and anxiety and comparing “traditional” diets to “western” diets. They found that the women who ate a “traditional” diet of vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, and whole grains had less depression and anxiety than those who ate a “western” diet of processed or fried foods, refined grains, sugary products, and beer. A 2009 study by the University of Navarra also showed that a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, fish, and whole grains and low in red meat and dairy was associated with a lower risk of depression.

Another large study of 2579 college students over 7 cities in China found that the intake level of fresh fruit, ready-to-eat food and fast food was significantly associated with depression. Those who consumed more junk food were much more likely to be depressed than those who ate more fresh fruit.


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