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Several eons ago man came to the conclusion that ‘he is what he eats’; in other words his health is closely connected to his diet. However, recent studies have shown that not only is physical health affected by diet, so too is the mental state.
Who has not heard about ‘feel-good’ foods? For some, it may be chocolate and for others a cup of coffee. But what about the fatty stuff we so lovingly devour, especially the ones that comes in the form of junk food?
Recent studies have shown an increased risk of depression in junk food eaters. In fact, compared to people who eat little or none, habitual consumers of junk food are 51% more likely to develop depression. And the worst part is that as depression increases, so does the eating and it sets into a vicious cycle.