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Vegetarians are more likely to suffer from depression than meat eaters, study suggests

Those with mental health conditions may adopt a plant-based diet due to the perception that it is healthier

Researchers in the US reviewed 18 studies published from 1997 to 2019 which examined the relationship between mental health and eating meat on a total of 160,257 people.

The authors cited one study from 2012 which suggested that a vegetarian diet might be chosen by some with mental disorders “as a form of safety or self-protective behaviour” due to the perception that plant-based diets are healthier …