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Eating Fast Food Linked To Depression

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Eating Fast Food Linked To Depression

Recent study confirms link between fast food and depression…

Many of us notice how eating fast food is generally followed by a short-lived energetic high, and a sluggish ‘come-down’ period. But according to a new study headed by scientists from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of Granada, the negative effects of fast food do not stop there.

Like previous studies, they found that eating commercial baked goods such as fairy cakes, croissants, doughnuts, etc., and fast food such as hamburgers, hotdogs and pizza is directly linked to depression.

After analyzing almost 9,000 participants, the team found that those who regularly eat fast food were 51 percent more likely to develop depression. The results also suggest that the more fast food one consumed, the more likely they were to develop depression.

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Eating Fast Food Linked To Depression

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Unsurprisingly, the results showed that those who ate the most fast food were most likely to be single, sedentary, and have other bad dietary habits. The Study was published in the journal Public Health Nutrition.

In a similar study, conducted by the SUN Project of the University of Navarra Diet and Lifestyle Tracking Program and published in the PLoS One Journal, 657 of 12,000 participants analyzed over 6 months developed depression. A figure that showed those who ate more fast food had a 42 percent higher risk of developing depression.

8,964 participants who had never been diagnosed with depression were analyzed over a 6-month period. During that time 493 of the volunteers who tended to eat more fast food, developed depression and had to be prescribed antidepressants.

Although studies have continually shown that fast food and bad dietary habits can lead to depression, experts are still unsure exactly how these factors are linked. Nevertheless, other studies have shown that consuming B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids can have a preventative effective when it comes to depression.


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