A study conducted by Brazilian scientists revealed that vegetarians o Vegans are twice as likely to experience episodes of depression as people who include meat in their diet.
The results of the research were published in the most recent edition of the Journal of Affective Disorders, under the title ‘Association between meatless diet and depressive episodes.
Among the conclusions reached by the study was that “participants who excluded meat from their diet had a higher prevalence of depressive episodes Compared to Meat-Consuming Participants,” an association independent of socioeconomic factors, lifestyle, and nutritional deficiencies.
The study, led by Drs. Ingrid S. Kohl and Vivian Luft, included 14 thousand 216 Brazilians from 35 to 74 years.
“Non-meat eaters experienced approximately twice the frequency of depressive episodes than non-meat eaters. meat eaters”, states the summary of the publication.
The study authors clarified that the cross-sectional design precluded investigation of causal relationships.
The nature of the association remains unclear and longitudinal data are needed to clarify the causal relationship.