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Western Diet Of Saturated Fats, Refined Foods Linked To Higher Risk Of Depression

January 15, 2010: 04:18 AM EST
An Australian study of 1,046 women ages 20 to 93 years found that those who followed a traditional diet – vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and high-quality meat and fish – were a third less likely to suffer from depression and anxiety disorders than those following a diet high in refined or processed foods and saturated fats. The Western diet, researchers found, was associated increased the risk of depression by 50 percent. One problem for Americans is the relative unavailability of “high-quality meat,” researchers said. Meat from North American cattle fed a corn-based diet has more saturated fat and fewer good fatty acids.
Caroline Cassels, "Whole Diet May Ward Off Depression and Anxiety", Medscape Today, January 15, 2010, © Medscape
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