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Study: Vegetarians are more upbeat than meat-eaters

7th Day Adventist Study | 06/05/10

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The physical health status of vegetarians has been extensively reported, but there is limited research regarding the mental health status of vegetarians, particularly with regard to mood. Vegetarian diets exclude fish, the major dietary source of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), critical regulators of brain cell structure and function.

Omnivorous diets low in EPA and DHA are linked to impaired mood states in observational and experimental studies.

Methods: We examined associations between mood state and polyunsaturated fatty acid intake as a result of adherence to a vegetarian or omnivorous diet in a cross-sectional study of 138 healthy Seventh Day Adventist men and women residing in the Southwest. Participants completed a quantitative food frequency questionnaire, Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS), and Profile of Mood States (POMS) questionnaires.

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This is interesting. On the one hand, if you are an activist...it is sometimes harder to be happy because of everything you read about but on the other hand, if you eat a light, clean diet and you have a heart that wants to be kind to all beings, I can definitely see that as being a mood lifter.

I have found the heavier I eat or the more toxic I feel, the more my mood is impaired. Conversely, the lighter and fresher I eat, the less I eat...the more joy and lightness I will experience.

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