Vegetarian diets could be linked with higher depression scores, suggests a huge meta-analysis of almost 50,000 people by researchers in Bochum, Germany. The research backs up existing studies that have linked ditching meat to an increased likelihood of depression, but the reason why remains elusive.
Whether vegetarianism actually plays a role in depression is poorly understood. Some studies have pointed the finger at the diet, while others have refuted the findings. To identify a link – if there is one – Sebastian Ocklenburg and Jette Borawski performed a large-scale meta-analysis on published studies that compared the depression scores of non-vegetarians