I’ll never understand why so many people think junk food equals happiness.
Honestly, could anything be further from the truth? But if you want some scientific proof, read on.
A team of Finnish researchers recently conducted a follow-up study of more than 2,000 middle-aged men. They analyzed food records and frequency questionnaires to note any influence on the incidence of depression.
And surprise, surprise. Subjects who ate nutrient-rich diets–characterized by vegetables, fruits, berries, lean meats, and fish–were less likely to suffer depressive symptoms. And they had a lower risk of depression during the 13-20 year follow-up period overall.
Weight loss also correlated with reductions in depressive symptoms–which, frankly, anyone could have predicted.
That brings me to this study’s other not-so-shocking finding. An unhealthy diet–in this case, marked by high consumption of processed meats, bread, white potatoes, and sugar-filled desserts, snacks, and drinks–was linked with a marked increase in depressive symptoms.
So much for Happy Meals making you happy.
I rest my case.
University of Eastern Finland. “Diet is associated with risk of depression.” ScienceDaily, 16 Sep. 2013. Web. 28 Sep. 2013.