Vegetarians are More Likely to Be Depressed than Meat-Eaters


by Seemab Chaudhary

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A new study shares the facts why vegetarians are more prone to depression than meat eaters.

Researchers aimed to find out about the link between depression and vegetarian diet plans that impacts adults. Plant-based diets and mental wellness association was the basic point along with other considerations, such as smoking, alcohol consumption, self-assessed health status, sociodemographic parameters, etc.

The study reveals the facts that people who used to eat a more meatless diet were at risk twice than people who eat meat.

Some form of nutritional deficiency is associated with health problems, as revealed by a study. The other studies also show other nutritional factors, such as calorie intake, level of food processing, etc.


But after analysis, the authors of the study found out that “nutritional deficiencies do not explain this association,” but other researchers have different thoughts.

When it comes to nutrients in beef, it includes protein, zinc, iron, and vitamin B. The study shows that they all work together to promote brain functions and prevent depressive episodes.

Monique Richard, an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson, told Healthline that “Whenever an individual excludes an entire food group, in this case, protein and fat sources, and does not replace it with equally nutritionally adequate options, it will affect a variety of systemic and physiological functions such as cognitive health”.

She (wasn't involved in study) also highlighted that more analyses are required to make sure the testing is. Richard said that “Other factors that would be important to assess would be if the person felt isolated or disconnected from others related to their dietary choice”.

The conclusion of the study did not share enough data to clarify the nature of the association between nutrition and depression. So, more studies are required.