Many say we are what we eat. A recent article published on PsychCentral.com reported according to a recent study there is a direct link between consuming fast food and developing depression. Fast foods are commercially prepared baked goods such as donuts, cakes, croissants, and other fast food products such as hamburgers, French fries, burritos, tacos, and the like. The study was conducted by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of Granada. “The more fast food you consume, the greater risk of depression” said Almudena Sanchez-Villegas, Ph. D., lead author of the study. Eating even small quantities is linked to a significantly higher chance of developing depression” also said Sanchez-Villegas. This study proves it is even more important for individuals to eat better quality, healthier foods consisting of B Vitamins, Omega-3 acids, and olive oil.
The study, which was published in the Public Health Nutrition Journal, followed 8,964 people that were never diagnosed with depression or have never taken antidepressants. The individuals were a part of the SUN Project, Navarra Diet Lifestyle Tracking Program and were followed for six months on an average and 493 of the participitants were diagnosed with depression or started a course of antidepressants. The study participants also consumed unhealthy fast food which helped contribute to their depression symptoms. Depression can be cured and managed through medications, diet, exercise, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
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2. Grohol, John M. Psy. D. “Fast Food Linked to Depression.” PsychCentral.com. 2 Apr 2012. Date of Access: 5 Apr 2012. http://psychcentral.com/news/2012/04/01/fast-food-linked-to-depression/36798.html.