Vegetarians have better moods and less stress

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. 

Posted: Friday 17 August 2012

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