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Vegetarians Are More Likely to Be Depressed, But Not For The Reason You Think : ScienceAlert

Vegetarians have around twice as many depressive episodes as meat-eaters, according to a new study.

The study, based on survey data from Brazil, chimes with earlier research that found higher rates of depression among those who forgo meat. However, the new study suggests that this link exists independent of nutritional intake.

It may seem straightforward to look at a link between a diet and specific health problems and assume that the former is causing the latter via some form of nutritional deficiency.

Yet the new analysis, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, took into account a wide range

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Vegetarians More Likely to Be Depressed Than Meat-Eaters

Summary: A new study reveals vegetarians are two times more likely to suffer from depression than those who eat meat. While nutrition plays a role in depressive symptoms, researchers say social factors and upset over the treatment of animals contribute to symptoms of depression.

Source: The Conversation

Vegetarians have around twice as many depressive episodes as meat-eaters, according to a new study.

The study, based on survey data from Brazil, chimes with earlier research that found higher rates of depression among those who forgo meat. However, the new study suggests that this link exists independent of nutritional intake.

It may

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Best cities for vegans and vegetarians in 2022

October 1 is World Vegetarian Day, and the ideal places to live if you practice a plant-based diet may be on the west coast.

Wallethub’s Best Cities for Vegans and Vegetarians in 2022 ranked 100 of the largest U.S. cities based on three qualifying categories of equal weight:

  • Affordability
  • Diversity, accessibility and quality
  • Vegetarian lifestyle

The survey considered factors like the average vegetable and fruit consumption and the city’s ranking on GrubHub’s list of cities most likely to order vegetarian or vegan.

For diversity, accessibility and quality, WalletHub examined the share of restaurants serving vegan and vegetarian options, access to

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Why Are Vegetarians More Likely to Be Depressed Than Other People?

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There is a complex relationship between our mental health and what we eat. On the one hand, certain diets appear to increase the risk of developing a mental disorder. On the other hand, suffering from a mental disorder could lead to eating more or eating less, or eating different kinds of foods.

One particularly mysterious association is that between depression and being a vegetarian. While some studies showed that vegetarians are more depressed than meat-eaters, others showed the exact opposite.

A New Meta-Analysis on Vegetarianism and Depressed Mood

To unravel this mystery, a German research team (which

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The Times’s Newsletter The Veggie Isn’t Just For Vegetarians

It’s for anyone with an interest. But I have to admit, I especially love the idea of persuading people who think they’re not at all interested in vegetarian food that they are, that it’s delicious, that it’s approachable, that it’s very much for them.

Was it always called The Veggie?

One of the rejected names was Totally Herbaceous, which didn’t get far because it’s too long and very silly and no one liked it. We all immediately liked The Veggie — it just felt warm, friendly and inviting. And that idea came from Owen Dodd, an engineer who worked on

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