Junk Food Takes Another Killing Blow
A new study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry revealed a direct correlation between diet and depression. Most earlier studies on diet and depression focused primarily on individual nutrients rather than on overall diet. That’s what makes this new study so interesting.
These researchers defined 2 primary dietary patterns: “whole food oriented” (heavily loaded by vegetables, fruits and fish) and “processed foods oriented” (heavily loaded by sweetened desserts, fried food, processed meat, refined grains and high-fat dairy products).
As you can well imagine, the results were anti-climactic. Those with the highest intake of processed foods had the most complaints of clinical depression. I guess Morgan Spurlock (SuperSize Me) wasn’t kidding around!
Dietary Pattern and Depressive Symptoms in Middle Age
Br J Psychiatry 2009 (Nov);195 (5): 408-13
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