A recent study found women who eat the recommended amount of red meat were mentally healthier than those who were over, or under consuming red meat.
The study from Deakin’s Barwon Psychiatric Research Unit studied the relationship between consumption of lamb and beef and depression and anxiety. According to Medical Xpress the results from the study involving more than 1,000 women are in the current edition of the journal Psychotherapy Psychosomatics.
Associate Professor Felice Jacka said the study shows women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with a depressive or anxiety disorder when compared to those eating recommended levels of red meat. Results were consistent among a range of diets, activity levels, smoking and socioeconomic status.
“We had originally thought that red meat might not be good for mental health, as studies from other countries had found red meat consumption to be associated with physical health risks, but it turns out that it actually may be quite important,” Jacka said.
Jacka said depression and anxiety was also increased with higher-than-recommended consumption of red meat.