Intake of Whole-Fat Dairy Products May Increase Risk For Depression

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People who consume low-fat milk and yoghurt found to be at a decreased risk of depression compared to those consuming whole fat dairy products.  

-A recent study conducted by Tohoku University evaluated the association between whole and low-fat dairy consumption with the overall mental health.

-The study included a total of 1,159 Japanese adults aged between 19 and 83 of which 897 were men and 262 were women. Of the total number of men and women, 31.2% and 31.7% respectively, were depressed.

-The participants were made to fill questionnaires to know about their dietary habits and the depressive symptoms were evaluated using depression rating scale.

-As per the study, participants who consumed low-fat dairy products between one and four times a week were less depressed.

-The correlation remained the same even after considering other critical factors such as age, sex, health status, nutrition status, and lifestyle.

-The study did not include other dairy products such as cheese and butter. Also, further studies are necessary to confirm whether milk or yogurt had a stronger influence.

-Findings were published in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

Source: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

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