Poor nutrition encourages depression

People who eat unhealthy food or fast food often feel depressed, reveals U.S. research 

Foods that contain lots of trans-fats and saturated fats increases the risk of depression, according to a Spanish study published in the U.S. this week, the results confirm previous studies linking fast food with unhealthy diseases.

Scientists have also shown that some products, like olive oil which is rich in healthy omega-9 fatty acids may reduce the risk of mental illness.

The authors of the study with University of Navarra and Las Palmas, track and analyze the nutrition and lifestyles of more than 12,000 people over six years.

At the beginning of the study none of the participants not diagnosed with depression, while at the end of the study she developed in 657 persons.

"Participants who consumed a lot of
trans-fats (artificial fat in the form of industrially produced cakes and fast food) had a 48-percent increased risk of depression compared with participants who did not consume these fats, " said lead study author Almudena Sanchez-Villegas.
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