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Vegetarian Diet Does Not Adversely Affect Mental Health

July 1, 2010: 09:16 AM EST
U.S. researchers who compared the moods of vegetarians who never eat fish with the moods of omnivorous adults found that low intake of brain-healthy long-chain omega-3s eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in vegetarians did not adversely affect mood. One hundred thirty-eight healthy Seventh Day Adventists completed two psychometric tests, as well as health and dietary questionnaires. Though the vegetarians had significantly lower mean intakes of fish-derived EPA, DHA and the omega-6 arachidonic acid (AA), and higher intakes of the omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and the omega-6 linoleic acid (LA), they showed significantly less negative emotion than omnivores in both psychometric tests. The researchers acknowledged that the mood scores may correlate with better dietary choices and being healthier and happier.
Bonnie L Beezhold, Carol S Johnston and Deanna R Daigle, "Vegetarian diets are associated with healthy mood states: a cross-sectional study in Seventh Day Adventist adults", Nutrition Journal, July 01, 2010, © Biomed Central Ltd
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