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Junk Food Takes Another Killing Blow

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SOURCE:   Br J Psychiatry 2009 (Nov);195 (5): 408-13

Akbaraly TN, Brunner EJ, Ferrie JE, Marmot MG,
Kivimaki M, Singh-Manoux A.

Department of Epidemiology and Public Health,
University College London,
London WC1E 6BT, UK.

A new study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry revealed a direct correlation between diet and depression. Most earlier studies on diet and depression focused primarily on individual nutrients rather than on overall diet. That’s what makes this new study so interesting.

These researchers defined 2 primary dietary patterns: “whole food oriented” (heavily loaded by vegetables, fruits and fish) and “processed foods oriented” (heavily loaded by sweetened desserts, fried food, processed meat, refined grains and high-fat dairy products).

As you can well imagine, the results were anti-climactic. Those with the highest intake of processed foods had the most complaints of clinical depression. I guess Morgan Spurlock (SuperSize Me) wasn’t kidding around!

Dietary Pattern and Depressive Symptoms in Middle Age
Br J Psychiatry 2009 (Nov);195 (5): 408-13

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  1. Graeme Gibson, D.C. January 13, 2010 at 11:41 am


    Fantastic find on this. Sometimes I read studies thinking, “No kiddin?!”, and this one might fit that category. I am glad the research was done, because I have been the presence of quite a few people, medical doctors included, that claim that diet has nothing to do with behavior.

    Hopefully this type of study will spread to the people who need it. It just might give them some much needed hope, and the potential desire to change their eating habits and lifestyle.

    RESPONSE from Frank:

    Shame on any MD who fails to see the relationship between diet and behavior. The Attention Deficit Disorder page is loaded with studies showing the impact of sweetners, food colorings, and food preservatives on children’s attention span.

  2. Scott Swanson January 13, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    This is the most unsurprising study I’ve seen in a long time, but fantastic at the same time! If you eat crap you are going to feel like crap…

    RESPONSE from Frank:

    It does seem like common sense, and yet this is the first time someone actually did research to confirm that suspicion.

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  4. Chiropractor Rockledge January 17, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Eat pure whole foods

    not fried, sugar, processed, coloring, splenda, etc…

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