Published 11:28 am, Monday, August 14, 2017
Texans don’t need an excuse to double down on a great steak, ribs or burger. But here’s one, just in case: A new report claims that vegetarians are twice as likely to suffer from depressions than meat eaters.
The Bristol University study, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, explained that vegetarians are more susceptible to Vitamin B12 and mineral deficiencies, which has negative effects on mental health.
Vegetarians reportedly “had higher depression scores on average than non-vegetarians and a greater risk for (Edinburgh Post Natal Depression Scale) scores above 10 than non-vegetarians after adjustment for potential confounding factors.”
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An increased susceptibility to a B12 deficiency, the study showed, also increased behavioral changes associated with depression. The longer a person adopted a non-meat diet, the more likely their mental health could potentially suffer mental health effects.
“Other potential factors include high blood levels of phytoestrogens – consequent mainly on diets rich in vegetables and soya,” the report states. “Another potential contributing factor is that lower intakes of seafood are thought to be associated with greater risk of depressive symptoms.”
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Prior research cited in the report, however, does disclose numerous physical health benefits associated with a vegetarian diet.
In past studies, a diet rich in red meats has been associated with an increased risk of heart disease. A Harvard University health publication even linked red-meat-rich diets, especially those high in processed foods, with poor health effects that contribute “substantially to premature death.”