Science is finally starting to catch up with what many health-conscious people have long suspected: the strong link between the foods we eat and the likelihood of developing depression, the mental health malady that impacts more than 120 million people worldwide.
In 2012, scientists from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of Granada studied almost 9,000 participants who had never before been diagnosed with depression. The half-year study, published in the journal Public Health Nutrition, clearly revealed that people who ate fast foods, fried foods and commercially baked pastry products were 51 percent more likely to develop depression compared to those that didn’t.
Almudena Sanchez-Villegas, lead author of the study, strongly encouraged people to avoid cakes, croissants, doughnuts, etc., as well as common fast foods such as hamburgers, hotdogs and the like. She said, “Even eating small quantities is linked to a significantly higher chance of developing depression.”
The researchers indicated that perhaps trans-fats and saturated fats were the main culprits. Other research shows that trans-fats increase the risk of heart disease and can trigger inflammation in both the body and brain, which interferes with our brain’s neurotransmitters, thus affecting our mood.?
Category: Health & Fitness
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