Baked Treats and Fast Foods Linked to Depression

Logo_Dave_AppleGobbling fast food and bakery treats isn’t just bad for your body – new research suggests it could also be bad for your mood.

Spanish scientists report that people consuming the most fast food and commercial baked goods were 37% more likely to develop depression over 6 years than those consuming the least. The study followed 8,964 people who had never previously been diagnosed with depression or taken antidepressants.


Both fast food, such as hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza, and bakery items such as cakes and croissants were positively associated with a greater likelihood of developing depression.

Moreover, the study found what’s called a dose-response relationship: As fast food and baked goods intake increased, so did the risk of depression. The study wasn’t designed to prove cause and effect, however; as one expert put it, “It’s too early to rebrand the burger and fries as an ‘unhappy meal.'”

True Health Unlimited’s Take:

Learning to avoid certain foods is important to potentially prevent depression.  At the same time, learning to eat certain foods that support mood regulation is equally important.

Food sources that provide L-tryptophan such as sesame seeds, egg whites, raw soybeans, bananas, and spirulina may be helpful for mood regulation. Additional food sources that may help support positive mood regulation and alleviate depression are provided in our free Real Food Therapy Guide that comes with free “on Inspired Living” newsletter sign-up.


Ref: – Public Health Nutrition


About Dave Barnas, M.S., CES, NASM-CPT

Dave is the true health guy. He is the founder and owner of True Health Unlimited, LLC, a personal health and fitness company in Tolland, CT & Wellness Writers, a subscription wellness newsletter service that incorporates live & virtual wellness workshops for companies across New England. Dave earned both a Bachelor's (1998) and Master's Degree (2000) in Nutritional Science from the University of Connecticut, and also holds certifications as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Instructor, and Nutrition Specialist. He's also the lead author for four published works. Dave has over 20 years of combined experience in nutrition counseling, dietary supplement advising, personal training, corrective exercise training, health coaching and public speaking. In addition, he's spent over 25 years studying spirituality, meditation, and personal growth strategies. Dave's clients are all ages: youth, college championship level athletes, folks in their retired years, and everywhere in between. He's worked with three of the nation's leading physicians as a dietary supplement advisor and been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Yale University, UConn, St. Joseph College and various church groups, health clubs, and high schools. In 2013, he was invited to Whole Foods Market to share his Real Food Therapy Guide. And in 2015, Dave's funny "Snowga" (yoga in the snow) video caught the attention of The National Weather Channel, who aired it to shake off cabin fever and bring laughter. In 2016, Dave & Hollie (his wife) founded Wellness Writers and deliver evidence-based Wellness E-newsletters to spread a message of health and happiness to various businesses throughout the US. Dave currently serves as a personal trainer in Tolland as well as a wellness coach and writer for several businesses, gyms and wellness facilities throughout the US.

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