Sweets and Fast Food Linked to Depression
Diet andِ mental state seemِ to beِ tightly entwined, withِ newِ research showing anِ increased risk ofِ depression inِ junk-food eaters.
Consumers ofِ fast food andِ sweets, compared withِ thoseِ who eat littleِ or none, wereِ 51 percent moreِ likelyِ to develop depression, theِ newِ study showed.
Study researcher Almudena Sánchez-Villegas, ofِ the University ofِ Las Palmas de Gran Canaria inِ Spain, saidِ inِ a statement thatِ althoughِ more studies areِ necessary, theِ intake ofِ this type ofِ food shouldِ beِ controlled becauseِ of itsِ implications onِ bothِ health (obesity, cardiovascular diseases) andِ mental well-being.
The researchers studied a group ofِ almost 9,000 people forِ betweenِ two andِ six years asِ a part ofِ a long-term, ongoing study.
(People withِ extremely high orِ lowِ daily caloric intake, orِ hadِ obesity-related diseases, wereِ excluded.) At theِ beginning ofِ the study, noneِ hadِ beenِ diagnosed withِ depression, orِ everِ taken antidepressants.
Participants wereِ alsoِ asked toِ report howِ frequently theyِ eat a givenِ list ofِ foods, withِ thingsِ likeِ hamburgers, sausages andِ pizza considered fast food, andِ muffins, doughnuts andِ croissants examples ofِ baked goods.
The researchers can’tِ say theِ depression causesِ the high levels ofِ junk food eating orِ ifِ the fatty diet andِ other factors lead toِ depression.
All theyِ canِ say isِ the twoِ usually comeِ hand inِ hand.
People whoِ eat high levels ofِ junk food areِ alsoِ more likelyِ to beِ single, lessِ active andِ have otherِ poor dietary habits, likeِ eating fewerِ fruits andِ vegetables, andِ fewer healthy fats, likeِ nuts, fish andِ olive oil.