Depression: What Foods Like Red Meat and Pasta Do To You

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By: Krystle Crossman

A new study that was conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health shows that pasta may be delicious but may also be the source of an increased risk of depression. The CDC says that carbohydrates are necessary because they turn into a form of glucose in the body. There are carbs in many different foods such as breads, grains, pastas, fruits, and veggies.

The study that was conducted by Harvard professor Michel Lucas, Ph.D was done over a period of 12 years. The researchers were looking for a connection between carbohydrates and depression rates. They studied 43,000 women, none of whom had a history of having depression. They were surveyed about what they ate every day and when and also had blood work done to check on their glucose levels among other things.

One of the things that the study showed was that women are 29-41% more likely to develop depression and were also more likely to experience inflammation within the body due to the carbs they were ingesting. The diets of these women were mainly grains, red meat, and pasta. Even though the study resulted in this conclusion, Dr. Lucas did not have a specific reason as to why this connection existed. He said that there were foods that could help inflammation and lower the risk of depression such as coffee, olive oil, fish, or vegetables.

Emory University had conducted a small study about inflammation and its effects on depression. Their study found that anti-inflammatory meds helped to reduce depression symptoms because the medication blocked a molecule that is found with inflammation that can cause depression symptoms. Dr. Andrew Miller of Emory said that prolonged inflammation can damage the brain and cause mental health issues.

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