To have morale, watch (also) the contents of your plate. If the effect of junk food was already well known on heart health and the appearance of certain diseases, it could also impact morale. According to a study reported by the DailyMail, consumption of ultra-processed foods could increase the risk of depression.
To reach this conclusion, Brazilian researchers questioned the eating habits and mental health of students. Specifically, scientists found that levels of depression were about 80% higher among followers of aultra-processed foods (cakes, prepared meals, crisps, etc.). “A high consumption of ultra-processed foods is a risk factor for the incidence of depression in Brazilian adults with a high level of education,” note the authors of this study. These findings were published in the Journal of Affective Disorders.
But, as pointed out by DailyMail, many experts believe that it is difficult to establish a link between this eating habit and the onset of depression. “Many of the foods reported in this study are associated with depression and are not considered regular components of a healthy diet. It could be that depression-related factors also lead an individual to not follow an ideal diet. . Therefore, it is not possible to say that ultra-processed foods are linked to depression”, nuance Dr Duane Mellor, of Aston University of Birmingham.
During the study, 246 cases of depression were identified. The researchers divided the results into four groups, to see if there was a difference between the diets. In this study, those who ate the most ultra-processed foods were also the most likely to be overweight, live alone, watch more TV and consume fewer vitamins.
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