Research into how meat can improve mental health has been criticised for its connections to the meat industry.
The study by the University of Alabama — which claimed that vegetarians and vegans are twice as likely to be taking medication for mental illness — was funded by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
The study stated that vegetarians and vegans are “significantly” more likely to experience anxiety and depression, as well as being more at risk of self-harm.
“Fake Nutritional Science”
The authors of the anti-vegan research — titled “Meat and Mental Health: A systematic review of meat abstention and depression, anxiety and related phenomena” — stated their findings do “not support meat avoidance as a strategy to benefit psychological health.”
The data has been published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition — but is now being labelled as “fake nutritional science.”
Vegan Diet & Mental Health
The study findings indicate that transitioning to a meat-free diet could be a ‘”behavioural marker,” suggesting that people who do so are likely already struggling with their mental health.
“Better Psychological Health”
“While the risks and benefits of vegan and vegetarian diets have been debated for centuries, our results show that meat eaters have better psychological health” said Dr Edward Archer, one of the authors of the study.
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