Depression Linked to Junk Food?
We all know how junk food adds oodles of fat around our waist along with a string of physical health problems, yet it’s irresistible. Let’s be honest, do you feel sluggish after you gorge on a nice big juicy burger or when you indulge in butter laden pav bhaji? Latest research suggests, that people who regularly feast on junk food are more likely to be lazy, smoke, continue eating unhealthy foods and put in less effort in their job. Sounds familiar?
The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of Granada. They gathered data from 8,964 people with no history of depression. None of these people were on antidepressant drugs at the start of the study. Over a period of six months, 493 people were depressed or were on antidepressants.
Earlier studies also show this link; people whose diets include fried foods, processed meats, desserts and high-fat dairy have a higher chance of showing signs of depression. Besides bringing depression, junk food also makes you irritable and aggressive.
This study does not mean that you need to cut out junk food completely from your life. Depression, irritation and aggression creep in when you live off junk food very often. Eat junk food in moderation and strict portion control, coupled with a healthy overall eating plan, and you should be okay.
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