Processed Food Increases Depression Risk, University College London Study

Published: Nov 03, 2009

UPI -- Eating a lot of processed food may increase a person's risk for depression, researchers in Britain found. Tasnime N. Akbaraly, Eric J. Brunner, Jane E. Ferrie, Michael G. Marmot and Mika Kivimak of the University College London analyzed data from 3,486 participants -- 26.2 percent women, mean age 55.6 years -- from the Whitehall II prospective study. Two dietary patterns were identified in the study -- "whole food," heavily loaded by vegetables, fruits and fish and "processed food," heavily loaded by sweetened desserts, fried food, processed meat, refined grains and high-fat dairy products.

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