Could depression be linked to the consumption of baked goodies and fast food? Spanish researchers followed almost 9000 people who had never been diagnosed with depression or taken anidepressants. Over 6 years, they found that those who ate the most fast foods (hamburgers, sausages, and pizza) and processed pastries (muffins, donuts, and croissants) were 37% more likely to develop depression, compared to those who ate the least of these foods. This study was not designed to prove cause and effect, and much more research is needed on this topic.
PositiveTip: There are many good reasons to limit fast foods and baked goods in your diet–risk of depression may be another.