Link between fast food and depression confirmed

Scientists from the Universities of Navarra and Las Palmas, Spain, have carried out a study to determine the effects of fast food or processed pastries on the risk of depression. Many studies have been carried out on the link between some components of diet such as omega fatty acids and B vitamins, but consumption of hamburgers, sausages, pizza, muffins, doughnuts and croissants (fast foods) has not been studied.

A six-year long study of 8964 people, some of whom were diagnosed by a physician as depressed or used anti-depressants. Consumption of fast foods and pastries were assessed, and Cox regression models were used to assess the relationship between the relevant food consumption and the incidence of depression. The results showed that a higher risk of depression was associated with the consumption of fast food, leading the scientists to conclude that fast food and commercial baked goods consumption may have a detrimental effect on depression risk.

Source: The Journal of Public Health Nutrition

First Published in March 2012

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