Pasta linked to depression and inflammation new study reveals
Italians are probably going to revolt and be the first not to believe a a new study when they find out that pasta, which is part of their normal diet, has been linked to depression.
The 12-year research study from the Harvard School of Public Health, that was published in a journal called "Brain, behavior, and Immunity," suggests that women who eat refined grains (pasta), fatty red meat, and soda were more likely to be diagnosed with depression and inflammation.
Depression is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental illnesses in the world.
43,685 women between the ages of 50 and 77 with no history of depression took part in the study, and they were asked about their diet and eating habits and underwent blood tests during the research study that was led by Michel Lucas, Ph.D and his team.
The findings revealed that women who have a diet high in carbs like white bread and pasta had a 29 to 41 percent greater chance of being treated for depression compared to those women who ate healthier.
The study also revealed that women who ate the above foods also had higher biomarkers for inflammation.
Other recent studies believe that inflammation is strongly linked to other diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and possibly cancer.
It's not clear exactly how inflammation and depression are linked, reports the study.
However, to decrease the risk of developing depression and inflammation, Dr. Lucas suggests that women should include in their daily diet, olive oil, wine, fruits and vegetables like sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables and carrots which can improve inflammation and lower the risk of the mental disorder.
This isn’t the first time that diet has been linked to the mental health disorder.
Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland also conducted a study on the effects of pasta and other foods, only they conducted it on men, and their findings were very similar.