A new study shows that vegetarian diets might lead to more cases of depression compared to diets featuring meat. In the study, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, Brazilian researchers surveyed over 14,000 adults. They observed that those who didn’t eat meat were twice as likely to have a depressive episode compared to meat eaters. The results follow a 2018 study in France which found that vegetarians who didn’t eat legumes, like beans, peas, or lentils, were more likely to experience symptoms associated with mental disorders like depression. I believe that more factors than just whether or not you eat meat are involved in the risk for depression. For example, if you eat a lot of processed foods and sugar, you have a higher risk for numerous health problems, meat or no meat.
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