Recent studies have indicated that eating certain American “favorite” foods can increase the odds of developing or worsening depression. People should not regularly eat three specific types of food to help prevent this from happening. These foods are:
Refined Grains: Pasta, white rice and bagels are all foods that have been identified as inflammatory and have been linked to depression in women. Researchers found that those who consumed inflammatory foods regularly were more likely to suffer from depression by the end of the study.
Soft Drinks: Drinking as little as one soda per day, diet or regular, may contribute to depression, among other health problems including increased chance of stroke and insulin intolerance.
Fast Food: People who eat fast food are 51 percent more likely to develop depression than those who don’t, according to a 2012 study in the journal Public Health Nutrition. This includes commercial baked goods, hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza, the researchers said.
Pasta can be a great quick meal occasionally, just not so healthy if served three or four times a week. Soda can be full of empty calories and ingredients that are not healthy for regular consumption, so water or tea are better choices. Most people eat fast food sometimes, but if you eat it regularly then perhaps you should consider a drastic adjustment to your diet and lifestyle. Learn to slow down and enjoy eating real food. In doing so, you may avoid developing depression by eating better.
The common sense approach to a healthy lifestyle includes good food choices for the majority of meals. That means that occasionally enjoying a serving or two of something less-than-healthful will not likely cause any negative developments, but regular or daily use may influence the chances of depression developing. Eat right and exercise your body and mind for a healthier and happier life.