Thursday 6 October 2022 05:43 PM Vegetarians are more likely to suffer from depression, study claims trends now
Vegetarians may be more prone to depression, research suggests.
A study found people who give up eating meat have twice as many depressive episodes as those who stick to animal products.
Brazilian experts say it might be because of the 'social experience' veggies endure, such as being teased for their choice of diet.
But it's not necessarily forgoing meat that's to blame, they admitted. Instead, it may be the case that depressed people turn to a veggie diet.
Or, it could be that the link can be explained by a separate factor that links the two together.
This may include 'exposure to violent meat industry imagery', according to Dr Chris Bryant, a psychologist at the University of Bath.
Vegetarians may be more prone to depression than those who eat meat, research suggests
Switching to a completely plant-based diet could leave you tired or breaking out in acne, dieticians have warned.
Not eating or drinking animal products could leave you missing out on key vitamins like B12 as well as proteins.
A lack of vitamin B12, which is in found milk and eggs, can lead to fatigue or tiredness and negatively impact your mental health.
Vitamin D is another nutrient found mainly in animal products, like oily fish, that those on vegan diets can be deficient in.
A vitamin D deficiency can lead to issues with bone development and cause pain.
Not getting enough protein, which we get from dairy products, fish, eggs and meat can stunt growth in children and also lead to acne breakouts.
A lack of iron, found in red meat and liver, can lead to anaemia, causing people to feel tired and have heart palpitations.
Iodine, mainly found in seafood, is another nutrient known to be lacking in vegan diets and is important in maintaining a health metabolism.
Plant-based diets can include all of these mentioned nutrients but people need to carefully manage what they eat, or take supplements, to ensure they get enough.
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