Read and let us know what you think! This is an email blurb from Real Food Registered Dietician, Diana Rodgers:
Did you know an estimated 17.3 million adults and 3.2 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in 2017?
Diana Rodgers has a new article detailing meat's role in regulating mood and why a whole-food diet rich in both meat and vegetables is key to our mental health.
In a 2018 study of 90,000 adults, researchers examined the impact of restricting food groups on depressive symptoms among omnivores, vegans, vegetarians, and pescatarians. Depression risk increased with each food group that was restricted, and those who avoided at least 3 of 4 animal-related food groups (meat, poultry, fish, and dairy) were nearly two-and-a-half times more likely to suffer from depression.
The reasons are becoming more evident. Particular nutrient deficiencies, dietary patterns, and food choices contribute to our risk or aversion of depression.
Meat is rich in tryptophan, a precursor to serotonin (the neurotransmitter involved in regulating mood), B vitamins, vitamin D, stress-reducing minerals such as iron, zinc, copper, magnesium and selenium, and omega-3 fats, all powerful nutrients for optimizing our mental health.
Although the most ideal diet for preventing and managing depression has yet to be 100% concluded, one thing is clear: meat helps.
To learn more, download this podcast episode where Diana speaks with Dr. Georgia Ede, a nutritional psychiatrist who studies the connection between food and brain health.
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