Got Moody? Got Animal Protein!
"Depression is rage spread thin."
- George Santayana
The February 14, 2012 issue of Nutrition Journal
(Nutr J. 2012 Feb 14;11(1):9) includes a study in
which omnivores eating
the standard American Diet
were randomly assigned to various groups which
either meat, fish, or poultry or a group that was
Study participants then completed various tests including
a food frequency questionnaire, the Profile of Mood States
and the Depression Anxiety and Stress Scales.
The researchers found
that high intakes of arachidonic acid
(AA) in animal protein resulted in
mood swings leading to
depression. They concluded:
meat, fish, and poultry improved some domains of
short-term mood state
in modern omnivores. To our knowledge,
this is the first trial to
examine the impact of restricting
meat, fish, and poultry on mood state