Vegetarians have better moods and less stress
People who ate a meat-centred diet reported better moods and less stress after only two weeks on a strict vegetarian diet.
One possible reason for the finding is that meat contains a long-chain omega-6 (n-6) fatty acid called arachidonic acid which is associated with depression.
When the meat-eaters were then changed to a fish-rich diet – rich in contain long-chain n-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, they were still not as stress-free and happy as when they were eating vegetarian only.
“Reducing meat, fish, and poultry may improve some domains of short-term mood state in modern omnivores,” the report concludes.
Study published by the Nutrition Journal, 2012 as reported by livinggreenmag.com on August 16, 2012.