Say it ain't so! Burgers and fries might bring you short term happiness of fatty, delicious goodness. However, in the long term, eating junk foods could make you more depressed. New research has found that the link between diet and mood is very real. Unfortunately, it's mostly those guilty pleasure junk foods that are the culprits of affecting your mood negatively.
In response to this new research, the U.S. Department of Defense has begun a trial where they give nutrient-rich food to veterans in an attempt to reduce suicides of former soldiers. The idea that food affects mood isn't even new. Back in 2010, Dr. Felice Jacka and her team published a study that found that the Western diet of processed, fried and sugar-filled foods increased the chances of depression and anxiety in women. It's also unsurprising that the U.S. consumes more calories daily than any other country in the world.
Dr. Jacka plans to take her study further. She intends to work with volunteers diagnosed with depression. Dr. Jacka wants to encourage her subject to eat more fruits, veggies, olive oil, raw nuts, oily fish and whole grains and less red meat, dairy and processed foods. BBC News reports that Jacka and her team will use blood tests to more firmly establish the link between food and mood.
This is not the first time scientists have discovered a link between what you eat and how you feel. A recent study found that eating fish helped to reduce the risk of depression in women.
Watch the video above to learn about how burgers and fries could make you depressed.
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These burger stats will blow your mind!
We knew that we eat a lot of burgers, but this is insane.
There are Nearly 50,000 Burger Joints in America
Meaning that for every 10,000 Americans, there are 1.6 burger joints.
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California has More Burger Joints than Any Other State
California has more than 6,000 burger restaurants, with Texas coming in second with 5,500.
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86 Percent of All Burger Joints are Chains
Gotta give props to those independent burger joints, they’ve got some stiff competition from the big guys! In Washington state, however, 26.6 percent of all burger restaurants are independent, the highest percentage in the nation.
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71 Percent of all Beef Consumed in Restaurants is in the Form of a Burger
You just can’t get those perfect grill marks at home.
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The Heart Attack Grill’s Quadruple Bypass Burger is the Most Calorific Burger in the World
With 9,982 calories, this four-patty monstrosity has been recognized by Guinness as the most calorie-laden burger on any menu in the world. It boasts four two full pounds of beef, 20 slices of bacon, eight slices of American cheese, caramelized onions cooked in lard and three tablespoons of lard, for good measure.
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Meat from More Than 1,000 Cows Can Go into a Single Burger Patty
The beef scraps that become hamburger meat are mixed communally during processing, and according to a study done in 1998, the average fast-food burger contains meat from 55 different cows, but that number can increase dramatically. And that’s not only gross, it’s dangerous: the more cows involved, the higher chance of E. coli contamination. We suggest asking your butcher to grind it fresh for you.
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McDonald’s Purchases More than 1 Billion Pounds of Beef Per Year
That equals out to millions of cattle.
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Burgers Account for 60 Percent of all Sandwiches Sold
Some folks forget that a burger is, after all, a sandwich. It’s also the most popular sandwich in America.
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Americans Eat 14 Billion Burgers Every Year
That equals out to more than 440 burgers per second.
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The World’s Most Expensive Burger Costs $5,000
Feel like paying $5,000 for a burger? Then head to chef Hubert Keller’s restaurant Fleur, located inside Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay, where you’ll find a creation made with Wagyu beef, foie gras and black truffles. That seems like quite a markup, even with all those luxurious ingredients. What, no caviar and gold leaf?
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