Study: Vegetarians twice as likely to suffer depression

A study conducted in Great Britain found that vegetarians are almost twice as likely to suffer depression than meat eaters, KTTV reported.

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Scientists said vegetarians were more likely to develop depression due to vitamin B12 and mineral deficiencies. Researchers at Bristol University said about 50 percent of vegans and 7 percent of vegetarians have a B12 deficiency, KTTV reported.

Red meat is a major source of vitamin B12 and can play a large role in a person’s mood, researchers said.

According to the study, other factors include “high blood levels of phytoestrogens mainly on diets rich in vegetables and soya.”