Can Low Fat Diets Cause Depression?

Mounting evidence conludes that depression can be sometimes caused by dietry deficiences


An italian study ‘Agora lifestyles, 1999’ revealed that a staggering 84% of 3331 depressed participants had extremely low levels of cholesterol in their body. Low cholesterol levels were as a result of insufficient fat intake, and the human body requires a certain amount of fat to function properly.

A lot of people on low-fat diets (particularly those who are crash dieting) suddenly start experiencing side effects – such as:


  • Migraines
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Lethargy
  • Feeling the cold more

These side effects can spiral out of control, particularly if you have a busy lifestyle such as rearing young children or have a demanding  job and lead to mental health problems such as anxiety and depression if ignored.

If you are considering a low-fat diet – then it is best that you cut down on your fat intake slowly. Not all fat is ‘bad for you’. Do some research on fat types sich as the good fats (monounsaturated) and bad fats (saturated).

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One Reply to “Can Low Fat Diets Cause Depression?”

  1. This is true. I foolishly cut out most carbohydrates as well, then wondered why I couldn’t concentrate at college.

    Good info.

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