Junk food diet shown to lead to depression yet again
It is not really much surprise when you think about it. We get hooked on the toxic mix of gluten, sugar, salt and fat and with the hormone imbalance this brings, our moods go haywire. Ever heard of the sugar blues? The connection between sugar and ‘feeling down’ is as real as the connection between cigarettes and lung cancer.
What did the latest study find?
The long-term SUN Project (University of Navarra Diet and Lifestyle Tracking Program) study found that of 8,964 participants, those who ate commercial baked goods and fast foods were 51% more likely to develop depression. The lead author, Almudena Sánchez-Villegas, a university researcher from the Canary Islands, said the health damage was dose-dependent “the more fast food you consume, the greater the risk of depression”.
The same results were found from the 2011 SUN project, where 12,059 people were analysed, as published in the PLoS One journal.
That research showed a 42% increase in depression rates for those eating junk foods.
What diets protect against depression?
The Feel Alive Plan for one. The Mediterranean Diet is another. The healthiest Mediterranean diet is the one they follow in Crete, which is a high intake of vegetables, legumes, wholegrains, fruits, nuts, seeds, olives, olive oil, herbs, spices, freshly caught fish and a very moderate near-zero intake of alcohol, meat and commercial dairy products. The Feel Alive Plan and the Mediterranean diet both dramatically improve your liver health and this alone will change your moods for the better.
The golden rule is that food affects your mood.
Study by scientists from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of Granada as published in the Public Health Nutrition journal, 2012.