Vegetarian Diet, Depression Linked in Men

Yes, that burger is brain food, according to science 

(Headline Health) Here’s news for anyone who believes that creatures with canine teeth (homo sapiens, for example) were never meant to be vegetarians.

It turns out that according to science, a vegetarian diet may lead to depression in men. Something about our brains seems to require meat as an element of our diets.

While “Meatless Mondays” probably won’t do you much harm, going cold turkey on meat could be a mistake for many men. Details below …

Feeling Depressed? Vegetarian Diet Could Be to Blame

(Melissa Matthews, Newsweek) New evidence suggests that not eating meat could make you depressed.

Men who wear off cheeseburgers could end up with depression.

A  team of researchers in the United Kingdom and United States point out there’s not much the medical community knows about how plant-based diet plans affect people’s mental health.

So, they decided to test whether people who identified as vegetarian were more likely to be depressed.

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Using data from an old research study that took place in the United Kingdom, which asked families to report on their diets, the team found that vegetarian males were more likely to be depressed than their carnivorous counterparts.

The sample included nearly 10,000 men who had a pregnant partner, and everyone identified their dietary preference. Only 350 reported being vegetarian.

The scientists compared how both plant and meat eaters fared on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, used by UK doctors to determine if women are likely to develop postpartum depression.

The team found that vegetarians were more likely to have scores higher than 10, the minimum threshold of possible depression. They report their findings in the current issue of the Journal of Affective Disorders.

The survey ferreted out some honesty about what exactly the participants meant by “vegetarian.”

Although the men who said they followed such a diet didn’t eat burgers or hot dogs, they did consume nearly as much oily fish and shellfish as meat eaters. And those who identified with that label actually did indulge in red meat: 72 reported some consumption while only 16 of the vegetarians claimed to cheat.  

The researchers don’t assert that being vegetarian causes depression. Instead, they’re suggesting a link between plant-based diets and mental health.

The primary theory for this link is that vegetarians receive fewer nutrients found in red meat, vitamin B12 specifically, and that could contribute to depressive symptoms.

But the study authors believe this new data should spur a randomized controlled trial to further examine the relationship between meat and mood. Displayed with permission from Newsweek via Repubhub. Also of interest: ‘The idea that a low-fat diet is healthy has been disproven’