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Association of ultra-processed food consumption with incident depression and anxiety: a population-based cohort study

Devout consumption of ultra-processed foods may give rise to depression and anxiety in men and women.

This study ascertained if increased ingestion of ultra-processed foods can lead to the development of depression and anxiety. A total of 183,474 persons participated in this study and provided information about their dietary choices and mental health over a 13-year period. 

Researchers found out that ultra-processed food lovers were more likely to experience depression and anxiety than their counterparts who refrained from consuming these foods. This study provides robust evidence that indulgence in ultra-processed foods may set an individual on the path to developing depression and anxiety.

Research Summary Information

  • 2023
  • Mengtong Sun, Qida He, Guoxian Li, Hanqing Zhao, Yu Wang, Ze Ma, Zhaolong Feng, Tongxing Li, Jiadong Chu, Wei Hu, Xuanli Chen, Qiang Han, Na Sun, Yueping Shen
  • Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Medical College of Soochow University, 199 Renai Road, Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, P. R. China. shenyueping@suda.edu.cn.
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