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Consuming highly refined carbohydrates increases risk of depression

A diet high in refined carbohydrates may lead to an increased risk for new-onset depression in postmenopausal women, according to a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

August 5, 2015

A study by James Gangwisch, PhD and colleagues in the department of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) has found that a diet high in refined carbohydrates (consumption of added sugars and refined grains) may lead to an increased risk for new-onset depression.

Their research, based on 70,000 postmenopausal women, found that progressively higher dietary GI scores and consumption of added sugars and refined grains were associated with increased risk of new-onset depression in post-menopausal women. They also found that greater consumption of dietary fiber, whole grains, vegetables and non-juice fruits was associated with decreased risk. This suggests that dietary interventions could serve as treatments and preventive measures for depression.

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