Food and Depression: You Are What You Eat!

By |May 22nd, 2012|Depression, Nutrition|0 Comments|

Depression strikes individuals in America and across the globe! Recent studies in China, Australia, and Spain on the effects of food and depression all unwaveringly support the fact that what we eat has a significant impact on our mood!

Is there any relationship between dietary patterns and depression and anxiety in Chinese adolescents?
Weng TT, Hao JH, Qian QW, Cao H, Fu JL, Sun Y, Huang L, Tao FB.  Department of Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health, School of Public Health, Anhui Medical University, 81 Meishan Road, Hefei Province, Anhui 230032, People’s Republic of China.
In Bengbu, China, research supports that teens and kids who eat more blank carbohydrates and animal-based foods are more likely to develop symptoms of depression and anxiety than their peers whose diet consists primarily of a more traditional Chinese diet. The following study looked at more than 5,000 children and teens ages 11-16. The research concluded that dietary patterns should be considered important predictors of depression and anxiety among young people.

Fast-food and commercial baked goods consumption and the risk of depression
Almudena Sánchez-Villegasa1a2 c1, Estefania Toledoa2, Jokin de Iralaa2, Miguel Ruiz-Canelaa2, Jorge Pla-Vidala3 and Miguel A Martínez-Gonzáleza.  Centre for Health Sciences, Department of Clinical Sciences, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, PO Box 550, CP 35080, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain; Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain; Department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology, Clinic of the University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain
A study conducted in Spain looked at almost 9,000 adults for a link between commercial baked goods, fast food and depression. The findings concluded that those who consume fast food, as opposed to those who eat little to none, are 51% more likely to develop depression. Additionally, there [...]