Eat Fast Food, Increase Your Risk of Depression

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As if we didn’t have enough reasons to avoid fast food as it is, a recent study published in the Public Nutrition Journal found a link between eating fast food or commercial baked goods (like doughnuts and cakes) and depression. Researchers found “the more fast food you consume, the greater the risk of depression.” They also found that people who ate more fast food were also more likely to have poor dietary habits and be less active. “Even eating small quantities is linked to a significantly higher chance of developing depression,” stated the lead researcher.

Little is known about the effect of diet on symptoms of depression, but certain nutrients, like omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, and olive oil have been suggested to play a preventive role. This week, if fast food enters your diet even occasionally, think of alternative options for your fast-food fix. Bring healthy snacks with you when you leave the house so you are not later tempted with hunger while on the go. Find quick, healthy eating locations that would work when you need a fast meal sans fast food.

 

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