Why baloney can bum you out

November 2nd, 2009  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  2 Comments

From BBC News:

Eating a diet high in processed food increases the risk of depression, research suggests. What is more, people who ate plenty of vegetables, fruit and fish actually have a lower risk of depression. Researchers split the participants into two types of diet – those who ate a diet largely based on whole foods, which includes lots of fruit, vegetables and fish, and those who ate a mainly processed food diet, such as sweetened desserts, fried food, processed meat, refined grains and high-fat dairy products.

After accounting for factors such as gender, age, education, physical activity, smoking habits and chronic diseases, they found a significant difference in future depression risk with the different diets. Those who ate the most whole foods had a 26% lower risk of future depression than those who at the least whole foods. By contrast people with a diet high in processed food had a 58% higher risk of depression than those who ate very few processed foods.


  1. anne says:

    December 1st, 2009at 8:18 pm(#)

    Krista, do you know of any research on depression and diet at the level of macronutrient ratio? Or where to look for such a thing? Thanks! I’ve been a big fan of your site for years.

  2. Mistress Krista says:

    December 2nd, 2009at 7:13 am(#)

    Anne: Pubmed or Google Scholar would be the place I’d start. http://scholar.google.com

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