Pasta And Depression Linked – A Healthy Diet Equals A Healthy Mind

    October 29, 2013
    Ellisha Rader Mannering
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A recent study shows that pasta can lead to depression. In the study, researchers evaluated 43,000 women who were not diagnosed with depression and looked at their diet.

Women who ate pasta as well as other refined grains, were 29 percent to 41 percent more likely to be diagnosed with depression than women who avoided refined grains, junk food and soft drinks and had healthier diets.

Researchers have long known that a healthy diet can improve moods disorders. The University of Eastern Finland also studied the affects of pasta and other foods on men, and came to the same conclusion.

“The study reinforces the hypothesis that a healthy diet has potential not only in the warding off of depression, but also in its prevention,” Anu Ruusunen with the university said.

Pasta along with junk food, sugar and processed meats also caused inflammation in many of the study participants. Nutritionists say that to make the mind and body healthy, people should eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole-grains, poultry, fish and low-fat cheese. Study participants who added high amounts of these foods to their diets were the least likely to be diagnosed with depression.

Depression is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental illnesses in the world. People who suffer from depression often feel moody, sad and hopeless and the illness can prevent many people from living a normal life. Doctors and researchers agree that new methods of depression prevention are needed and many believe that a healthy diet may be one of the best ways to fight depression symptoms.

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  • steph landis

    I’d be interested in seeing the demographics of the 43000 participants. Is there an economic factor? It costs significantly more to purchase healthy whole foods. The sticker shock alone is depressing!
    Having depression myself, I have days when making a salad is beyond my capabilites….so much easier to boil water, throw in some pasta and open a jar of sauce.

    • Ted in Topeka

      I tend to agree with where you are going Ms. Landis. The link between sugar (pasta breaks down into sugar as well) and depression really has been firmly established, but having said that, I think life circumstances really impact depression more.

      I also think most people in America suffer from depression. We have such unrealistic expectations about what life is all about and we are constantly being told we don’t measure up (this effects men, women, and children).

      The older I get the more I realize that life is nothing but BS. The best anyone can do is just be good to other people. As long as you can live with a clear conscious, life isn’t too bad. I have worked with inmates sitting in prison who are literally innocent of their crimes (more than you can imagine — it is so sad). That is how they get through the day — the know they are innocent and they try to preserve who they are by helping others out.

  • Ed

    You’d have to explain this to the citizens of Italy (pasta), Switzerland & Germany (pretzels & breads).

    Junk food? don’t see that in Europe vs. the US.

    Another worthless “study”.

    BTW, it is “whole” not hole foods. 😉

  • Kim S.

    No, the study did NOT say “that pasta can lead to depression.” The study results simply showed that women who ate refined grains were more likely to be diagnosed with depression, NOT that the depression may be caused by refined grains. Research that reveals that A & B occur together does NOT prove that A CAUSES B. Further research is needed to prove a causal relationship. This sort of leaping to a causal conclusion is very common among members of media & others who have never had this type of fallacy pointed out to them. Members of the media, however, are considered professionals who should be held to higher standards of accuracy than the average person.

  • random

    “Mental illness”? uhh… no… “Mental illness is nothing but a bigoted mythical discrimination used on whoever is thought of as “diseased”, “psychiatry” is a atrocity, people have a right to their own mind and body.

  • http://termlife2go.com Brian

    Like any other complicated disease that is most likely caused by both genetic and environmental triggers we should be careful placing too much importance on any one finding. When it comes to depression I think we could learn a lot more by studying our attitudes towards those who are suffering from this disease than by looking for statistical data pointing at pasta.

    We’ll probably never create a cure or vaccine for depression, but we sure can develop an understanding that it is real, it is a disease, and those that are suffering from it need to be treated with respect and dignity just like those suffering from any other condition outside of their control.

  • Tatiana Bendz

    I’m Vegan and i eat like 60 percent pasta and i feel amazing. I’ve lost weight and toned up. Italians aren’t all depressed, they eat past daily, because it is important what its cooked with. El dante, vegetables and protein (not sauces with modified corn starches and all the other additives) is completely acceptable. The Americas are facing a global eating disorder in which one food, or another becomes the enemy. This study is very inaccurate based on global demographics of people whose diets are based on pasta and rice (asia, italy..etc.)

    Find another great argument. This ones full of it.