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Breaking: Junk Food, Fast Food Proven to Cause Depression

Mike Barrett
March 30th, 2012
Updated 11/03/2012 at 12:14 am
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According to recent research conducted by scientists from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of Granada, both junk food and fast food consumption ignites depression. In fact, the study, published in the journal Public Health Nutrition, shows that those consuming fast food are 51 percent more likely to be depressed than those consuming very little or none of the health-damaging food. What’s more, depression risk was found to increase with the more fast food and junk food consumed.

Fast Food, Baked Goods Shown to Increase Risk for Depression

The study sample involved 8,964 participants, all of whom have never been diagnosed with depression and have never taken any medication for depression. After a six month assessment, 493 became diagnosed with depression or began taking antidepressant medications — which have previously been shown to actually make depression even worse. The current results support what the SUN project, a lifestyle tracking program, have found in 2011 where a 42 percent increase in depression risk was found with those consuming fast food. Additionally, the increase in depression risk was just as high with the consumption of baked goods and junk food.

The research adds further evidence as to why everyone should avoid fast food at all costs. Representing some of the lowest-quality food on planet earth, fast food is loaded with health-wrecking ingredients, while the food itself is cooked in the most unhealthy manner possible. The meat used is conventional, and thus loaded with antibiotics, growth hormones, and up until recently was loaded with ammonia-treated ‘pink slime’ scrap meat.

Of course depression is not the only problem that can arise from fast food and junk food consumption, although the findings are very concerning. While many individuals may not realize is these foods have actually been shown to trigger extreme addiction and brain damage. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation shows that junk food has a brain-altering effect which makes you eat more of it. High-fat processed food consumption causes damage to the hypothalmus part of your brain – an area responsible for levels of hunger, thirst, and the body’s natural rhythms and cycles.

With fast food and junk food shown to cause depression, obesity, and countless other health problems, it is time for people to re-evaluate their eating habits and make overall lifestyle changes.

About Mike Barrett:
2.thumbnail Breaking: Junk Food, Fast Food Proven to Cause Depression Google Plus Profile |Mike is the co-founder, editor, and researcher behind Natural Society. Studying the work of top natural health activists, and writing special reports for top 10 alternative health websites, Mike has written hundreds of articles and pages on how to obtain optimum wellness through natural health.

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  • Beth

    Only problem is that the study did not prove that fast food causes depression. It only showed a correlation. The study authors themselves said they couldn't rule out other causes.







  • Deborah Collins

    I've noticed it myself after giving in and eating a Kwik Trip muffin; I feel tired and gloomy afterward. Eating something low-sugar on the other hand causes an upbeat energetic feeling that I can handle whatever life throws at me. I'm a chocoholic too but admitting it is the first step to recovery…

  • carter

    Junk food poisons your body, I try to avoid it as much as possible. McDonalds 'food' should be made illegal.

  • Beau

    I was reading in "The Fat Loss Guidebook" by Mike Rabe how this works. The Western Diet has too high of a ratio of omega-6 fats to healthy omega-3 fats (such as fish). It's fascinating that the Japanese had the lowest incidence of depression until fast food chains were introduced into Japan. Once that happened, the incidence of depression in Japan spiked.

  • charkee

    Has anybody noticed that everything from acne to cancer is caused by junk food? Yet people that do everything right still get acne or cancer?

    Depression is caused by feelings of lack of control and hopelessness and seeing no way out.

    To be honest, I feel great taking my family out and enjoying a simple meal at McD's. It really cheers up the Mrs. and the kids.

    What a bunch of rubbish.

  • TomT

    Yeah, its always the meat. Forget the refined grains, and the sugar and the high frustose corn syrup that aften, cause diabetes 2, raise heart disease-causing zriglycerides; have chlorine bleach; lectins, leptins, and phytates,(grains). Fast foods? Nah. Slow brained, misinformed researchers!

  • MikeM

    I agree with Annonymous. Waste of money.

  • Anonymous

    Poverty also causes depression (after spending all your money on worthless "natural" supplements). try some wonderfull papaya leaf extract, sure to cure you of that lump in your wallet….ha ha ha!!! I guess that's only "natural"conduct for crooks and scumbags!!!!!