Pasta and depression were linked in a study by the Harvard School of Public Health. Although the exact reason is unknown, women who consumed refined grains, soda, and red meat were shown to have increased depression.
The 12-year study was coauthored by Michel Lucas, PhD. A total of 43,000 women participated in the research. Prior to the study, the women were not diagnosed with depression. Throughout the study, women who regularly consumed refined grains, sugary soda, and red meats were up to 41 percent more likely to seek treatment for depression.
As reported by The Epoch Times, the women diagnosed with depression were found to have increased inflammation as well.The inflammation was detected using blood tests. A degree of inflammation is normal in healthy patients, but higher levels can indicate more serious medical issues.
Although the link between depression and inflammation is unknown, the researchers noted that the same types of food cause both.
The link between pasta and depression may be surprising, as it is a common ingredient in traditional “comfort foods.” However, Dr. Lucas’ research suggests a healthier diet is much better for elevating mood and preventing depression.
As reported by MSN, Lucas’ research indicates carrots, coffee, fish, leafy greens, olive oil, and sweet potatoes can reduce both inflammation and depression. He explains that the healthier choices should be eaten regularly to increase the positive benefits.
A previous study, conducted by the University of Eastern Finland, found similar results in men. The researchers recorded the diets of 2,000 men, concluding that diet can affect mental as well as physical health. The men with healthier diets were found to have a reduced risk of depressive mood disorders.
Researcher Anu Ruusunen said the research also concluded that processed meats, sugary foods, and “junk food” increased symptoms of depression.
The link between depression and pasta underlines the importance of a healthy diet for physical and mental health.
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