Before you order that 1400-calorie Hardee’s Monster Burger, consider this: a research team at London-based University College has found (surprise?) a link between depression and a diet rich in processed foods. They also (bigger surprise?) found a link between a lack of depression and a diet rich in fish, fruits and vegetables.
The team split the study participants into two groups. After accounting for such factors as age, gender, and education, it was determined that the whole food-eating group would have a 26% lower risk for future depression. The group eating a diet rich in sweets, fried food, processed meat, refined grains and high-fat dairy products had a risk of depression 58% higher than their whole food-eating counterparts.
Study author Dr. Archana Singh-Manoux added, “It is not yet clear why some foods may protect against or increase the risk of depression, but scientists think there may be a link with inflammation as with conditions such as heart disease.”
BBC News: Depression Link To Processed Food