|Tuna and spaghetti|
Food Diary (March 21, 2012)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with banana, sunflower seeds and flax seeds
Lunch: Tuna and spaghetti
Dinner: Gnocchi with braised cabbage
Today's Favourite Photo
Source: That Skinny Chick can bake
Triple Layer Chocolate Cake
Today’s Favourite Blog
Source: The Telegraph
Last week a study concluding that red meat increases the risk of death from cancer and heart problems was widely published. That was last week. New week, new findings. Sissi from With a Glass brought another interesting study to my attention. The study concludes that “women who reduce lamb and beef in their diets are more likely to suffer depression”.
One thousand Australian women were studied. It was found that women consuming less than the recommended amount of red meat were twice as likely to have a diagnosed depressive or anxiety disorder as those consuming the recommended amount. It was also found that regularly eating more than the recommended amount of red meat was related to increased depression and anxiety. The Australian government recommends eating 65 -100g of lean, red meat three to four times a week.
The relationship between low red meat intake and mental health remained even when the overall healthiness of the women's diets, as well as other factors such as their socioeconomic status, physical activity levels, smoking, weight and age was taken into consideration.
There was no relationship between other forms of protein, such as chicken, pork, fish or plant-based proteins, and mental health.
According to Professor Jacka, an expert in psychiatric health, red meat in Australia is a healthy product as it contains high levels of nutrients, including the Omega-3 fatty acids that are important to mental and physical health. This is because cattle and sheep in Australia are largely grass fed.
So if we put together the results of the two papers, eating red meat increases the risk of death from cancer and heart problems but also lowers the risk of depression. So you decide which one you prefer – heart problems or depression. In reality it doesn’t work this way. These studies are based on statistics and many other factors. But its good to know for sure. If you eat red meat and someone tries to give you a guilt feeling, you can quote this research.
Could this be the new health motto: a burger a day keeps depression away (if you are a woman)! And McDonalds happy meals have become happier, or less depressing!