By jeremyc | April 14, 2017
Many consumers choose low-fat dairy products and shun full-fat ones because the former is believed to help lose and maintain weight. According to a new research, eating low-fat dairy products might provide mental health benefits, too.
Japanese researchers conducted a study recently, in which over 1,000 people over 18 years of age participated. The researchers noted that adults who had a higher intake of low-fat dairy products, like low-fat yogurt and low-fat milk, had a lower risk of developing symptoms associated with depression, compared to adults who consumed these products in lower amounts.
Called a major depressive disorder, depression affects more people in the U.S. than any other mental health disorder. According to sources, more than 16 million adults in the country have had experienced one or more major depression episodes in the last 12 months.
Depression symptoms can differ from individual to individual. With that said, the most common symptoms of this mental health disorder are lasting sadness, feelings of helplessness, guilt, or hopelessness, fatigue, sleeping problems, irritability, and suicidal thoughts.
In the latest research, the researchers enrolled 1,159 adults. The team found that the risk of developing depression was lower in those who consumed low-fat yogurt and milk one to four times a week than those who didn’t eat low-fat dairy products.
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