Alabama: A recent study conducted by the University of Alabama, published in a journal called Critical Reviews has been revealed that a vegetarian or a vegan diet actually has more chances of increasing depression. The researchers have looked at 18 different studies, examined more than 160,257 people, and closely looked at their mental health issues provided their dietary likes.
With this bulk of study, they were able to assert that vegans or vegetarians have a higher rate of risk for depression, anxiety, and self-harm.
However, the researchers admit that they need more research and information to back it up.
Dr. Edward Archer, from the University of Alabama with one of his study's authors, has said that the debate between which diet is healthier- vegetarian or non-vegetarian- their results show that consumers of meat have proven to have better psychological health.
This result implies that non-vegetarian food is good for mental health only and not relating to other health hazards.
Aseem Malhotra, an NHS consultant Cardiologist said in a tweet mentioning the study that, "In general, if you want to avoid an increased risk of depression, anxiety and self-harm behavior then do eat."
She also added that a vegan or a vegetarian for ethical reasons must personally try to invest extra in strategies to protect mental health.
Although people from both teams claim that their diet is the best and that they are really proud of what they follow or consume. This research makes vegetarians think twice before making a certain choice.