There is a lot of discussion on the consumption of vegetarian and non-vegetarian diets. And yet again we are talking about it. But here let’s find out who’s psyche is stronger, when it comes to vegetarian and non-vegetarian eaters.
A group of psychologists from the University of Southern Indiana studied the mental health of meat-eaters, vegetarians, and vegans to determine who was mentally healthier. It turned out that those who refuse meat food are more likely to suffer from various anxiety syndromes, stress, and depression. The results of the scientific work were published in the journal and caused a lot of controversies both in scientific circles and in the camp of lovers of plant foods.
The research was based on 18 scientific papers on the relationship between mental health and nutrition, as well as surveys. It was found that149,559 meat-eaters and 8,584 people who fundamentally refuse meat turned out more likely to be in a good mood than those who do not follow a “green” diet. But that’s where the benefits end, as it has been found that, in the long run, avoiding animal protein leads to feelings of anxiety and depression.
Dr. Urska Dobersek, Ph.D. in Psychology, who participated in the project, argues that people with mental disorders can help themselves by changing nutrition systems in accordance with their well-being. Vegan and vegetarian diets can cause nutritional deficiencies.
In the course of the work, respondents who consumed a vegetarian diet for a long time later returned to meat consumption. So far, psychologists cannot answer the question of why this happened and whether the desire to get rid of depression or feelings of anxiety became the reason for such a radical change. Work in this direction is going, with the University of Southern Indiana planning to complete a full analysis.