Meat and Mental Health

When I told my friends I was giving up eating meat for six weeks, they were encouraging, but also skeptical that I could abstain for that long, since most of my favorite meals are meat dishes. I’ve had one slip-up so far (I can’t say no to chili cheese nachos) but I am still going strong and show no physical signs of meat withdrawal.

A study done by Australian researchers from Deakin University shows that women who cut red meat from their diets are twice as likely to suffer from anxiety and depression than women who eat the recommended amount. The study looked at the eating habits of over 1,000 women and implies that red meat is important to mental health. No correlation was found between mental health and chicken, fish, or pork consumption.

Researchers say that a woman’s overall diet affects her mental health, and red meat should be consumed at appropriate rates and portions. In fact, this is good advice for all foods, and not just for women: everything in moderation.

When you remove something from your normal diet, it may alter certain cravings and even daily habits. I can’t say I’ve been feeling anxious or depressed, though; regardless of whether I eat meat or not, I never miss a meal.

–Blayne Jeffries

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