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Study Links Vegetarian Diet In Men To Depression Symptoms

August 24, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
U.S. and British researchers report that data collected from 9,668 adult male partners of pregnant women in a longitudinal study showed that vegetarian men are more likely to report “significant depressive symptoms.” Overall, the NIH-University of Bristol researchers found male vegetarians had higher depression scores than non-vegetarians after adjusting for an array of socioeconomic factors. Nutritional deficiencies (e.g., in cobalamin, iron, vitamin B12) could explain the findings. Other potential contributors include increased intake of omega-6 fatty acids, and higher blood levels of phytoestrogens from soy or vegetable-based foods.
Dan Flynn, "Men Who Go Vegetarian More Likely to Have Serious Depression", Food Safety News, August 24, 2017, © Food Safety News
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