Can Eating Beef Aid in the Fight Against Depression?
I read a really interesting article that I wanted to share with you.
Here is a quick overview.
Approximately 1 in 5 US adults experience mental illness in a given year.
Why are people who eat meat less likely to be depressed?
In 2010 a study was conducted that found for every 10 additional micrograms of B12 consumed and 10 mg of B6, risk of depression decreased by 2%
A 4oz grass finished sirloin contains 95% of the daily recommended intake of B12 and 68% DRI of B6.
You might also find it interesting that B12 is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies worldwide.
A 2012 study of 1,000 Australian women found that red meat intake was extremely important for the prevention of depression. Researchers observed women who consumed the least amount of red meat were twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression or anxiety disorder, compared to those who ate the recommended amount.
Even when vegetarian women were removed from the analysis, the results remained...
women who ate the least meat were more likely to be diagnosed with depression.
Likewise, a 2019 study of 90,000 adults found similar results.
All of the studies referenced concluded that a whole foods diet that does not minimize the consumption of meat reduces the risk and in some cases severity of depression.
Because of it's prevalence, most of us have experienced depression either first hand or through the trials of a loved one. So here is one more tool to add to our toolbelt for healthy living.
You can read the complete article and links to the studies at Sustainable Dish. The founder, Diana Rodgers, is a registered dietician and a strong advocate for eating ethically and sustainably.