Delicious dishes that are part of the menu of fast food outlets do not only “burden” our silhouette with extra pounds, but according to a Spanish study, affect our mental health.

As researchers from the University of Las Palmas, Canary Islands explained in a publication in the Journal of Public Health Nutrition, people who often eat fast food have a more increased risk of developing depression than those who follow a healthier nutritional pattern.

The study involved 9,000 volunteers who until then had not been diagnosed with depression. Experts were watching them for a period of six months. As a result, they found that people who often ate fast food such as hamburgers, pizzas and hot dogs were 51% more likely to develop depression than those who did not fall to such “temptations”.

At the end of the experiment, about 493 people who went to fast food nutritional choices were diagnosed as suffering from depression and were given antidepressants.

Even the consumption of small quantities is associated with greater possibilities of developing depression“, explains leading researcher Dr. Almudena Sanchez-Villegas. According to her, the study serves to confirm previous research findings linking fast food eating with depression.

Although these findings need further study, consumption of specific foods should be done with caution as it appears that they have serious impacts on both physical (obesity, cardiovascular diseases) and mental health“, concludes the expert.

Anna LeMind, B.A.

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