The Correlation Between Diet And Mood Essay

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The Possible Correlation between Diet and Mood In 2015 statistics revealed that 18.8 million, which is 5.4% of Americans suffer from depressive disorders (Depression Statistics, 2015) this number is not up from the 5.4% in 2006 (Depression, 2013) . Statistics also show that, in 2013, 7.3 million, 13% of Americans, self-identify as vegetarian (Vegetarian Statistics, 2013) which is an increase from 2.5% in 2000 (How many, 2000). Is it possible that the increase in a vegetarian lifestyle has something to do with the number of those diagnosed with depressive disorders not increasing? The purpose of this study would be to investigate a possible correlation between diet and mood. Specifically we would study two groups: omnivores and vegetarians. The omnivore group will consist of participants that follow a diet which incorporates at the least one animal protein per day. The vegetarian group will consist of participants that observe a diet which omits all animal proteins.
A balanced diet that includes, protein, fats, and carbohydrates appears to yield the optimal results when it comes to positive mood. In a 2013 study, done by Christine Mary Jerusik, the correlation between the aforementioned food groups and mood were investigated. Jerusik hypothesized that: (H1a) carbohydrates and fat would be directly related to positive moods, and, (H1b) protein would be inversely related to these positive moods (Jerusik, 2014). Participants of this study were females age 21-64, the initial…

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