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Depressed About Processed Food

January 14, 2010

Do you notice how your diet affects your mood and outlook?

While many studies have been looking for a single substance that contributes to depression, this study (presented in the British Journal of Psychiatry) considered the effects of dietary patterns. The authors compared middle-aged folks (average age 55) who eat “whole food” diets (heavy with veggies, fruits and fish) vs. those who eat “processed foods” (heavy with fried foods, sweet desserts, refined grains, processed meats and high-fat dairy).

After five years, the burger, fries and a shake folks had increased odds of experiencing depression. The fish and veggie folks had lower odds.

The anti-depression formula is not a drug, it is something much simpler and healthier: fruit with breakfast and for snacks, veggies with lunch and dinner, minimize the foods you know you shouldn’t eat much of and eat fish at least once a week. It really is that easy.


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3 Responses to “ Depressed About Processed Food ”

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  2. mike Fessler on May 4, 2010 at 11:46 am

    It’s great people are relating physiological problems with processed foods. The real long term problem with processed foods are the alum salts used in making junk food such as alum dyes, alum preservatives, and synthetic fertilizers. Once in the body they tend to lodge in the organs, brain, breast. We know the alums(Metals) have no benefit to the human body but continue to allow the alum to be added at every step of making process food.
    Whole organic foods will help flush out the metals and help contribute to a healthier lifestyle. The naturally occurring Iodine in plants are linked to good health. Aluminum and their component have been found in elevated levels in breast tumors.
    See Dr. Chris Exley’s work on aluminum for his contribution to
    reducing aluminum toxicity in the body.

  3. Phillip Ebrall on January 23, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    This is an interesting finding and one we should heed. I’ve come to avoid food that is high in HI (human interference) and am delighted with my increased calm and awareness since shifting to whole food. I am sure a contributor is my cessation of coffee last November. I now drink green tea (Japanese gyokuru) and white tea (Chinese silver needles) with the bonus my weight is at last going in the right direction!

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