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Got Moody? Got Animal Protein!

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 excluded
either meat, fish, or poultry or a group that was
entirely vegetarian.

Study participants then completed various tests including
a food frequency questionnaire, the Profile of Mood States
questionnaire 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:

"Restricting 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 in omnivores."

Robert Cohen

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