Foods that can Cause Depression

Given those feelings of depression stems from the brain, choosing the type of foods to consume plays a major factor in causing depression. Eating the wrong selection of food can only make effects of living with depression worse. If the body does not get the nutrients needed to function normally, the brain will in turn punish the body with feelings of depression. There are other factors that cause depression, however it is important not to make the situation worse by not feeding the brain. Here are some of the nutrients that are responsible for enforcing depression.

Bad Cholesterol

Almost 20% of the brain is composed of cholesterol. Processed foods provide a dangerous mix of low quality cholesterols that the body does not utilize. The only clean source of cholesterol is from fruits and vegetables. It is best to consume a lot of omega 3' so that there will be a boost of good cholesterol (HDL) in the body. Hormones like testosterones are made up of cholesterol. This hormone reinforces a positive feeling within the body. When the body is unable to recognize the bad cholesterol ingested (LDL), the body is unable to produce the hormones necessary to reinforce the feel good emotion. This is why hemp nutrition helps to relieve depression. Let us analyze the foods that cause people to continue living with depression.

Processed Sugars

The brain is naturally addicted to sugar. When we consume complex sugars, the body uses more energy and time trying to process the sugar. Simple sugars such as fructose from fruits provide a better source of energy for the brain. Sucrose, which is found in processed foods, is much more difficult to transform into glucose, which the brain uses.


Processed fatty foods can cause depression. Having the correct ratio of fatty acids is essential for the correct chemical balance of the brain. The correct balance of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids should be a 3:1 ratio. Processed foods have only omega 6 fatty acids. The correct ratio is only found in fishes and hemp seed nuts. Fats are essential in the process of sleep, which plays a very important role in depression.

Too Much Protein

High levels of proteins in foods can cause depression. Protein is an important nutrient in order to fight depression. However, if too much protein is consumed, the body may not be able digest all the protein. A spike in the amino acid level of the body will drastically reduce the hormones needed to motivate the brain. This in fact will enforce depression. Processed protein will also trigger a spike in amino acids because the stomach is unable to digest it properly. Also, every time meat is reheated, the quality of the protein decreases.


This is a natural depressant. It is almost impossible for someone living with depression to recover while they are still drinking. Alcohol is strong reinforcer of depression. It damages the liver; therefore even if the person stops drinking, there body would not be able to efficiently feed the brain as it had done before. This may result in easy relapse to depression


Stimulant foods can cause depression by causing people to crash after a rush. Also leads to dependency. Stimulants are band aid treatments of depression. It temporarily excites the brain and gives the person a false sense of urgency, then wears off. This often leads to the person feeling depressed and needing another stimulant.

Processed foods

The stomach is unable to absorb artificial nutrients efficiently. All forms of processed foods help to cause depression. This is due to fact that the brain does not get the nutrients it needs. This is by far the main reason for depression. The body cannot get the nutrients it needs in the correct proportions. The nutrients that the body needs exist in unprocessed foods in the right proportions such as vegetable and nuts.

In conclusion, someone living with depression has to take into consideration their diet and lifestyle before coming up with a solution. That person may not need any medication. They may just need to supply their brain with the correct nutrients. Certain negative food and habits will also have to be excluded from their lifestyle. It is best to avoid foods that can cause depression.


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Eliminate Cancer 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Great hub!! I totally agree with this connection!! I also think it's important to keep the body flushed out and detoxed - even foods that don't directly cause depression can overload the system and throw off chemical balances. Funny, i was just thinking about this today :)

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tsmog 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

So much of this article is true rasta1. I check my PH balance daily, morning & night looking for that magical balance. The diet part is a challenge with work & my schedule, yet I have learned to keep that PH level balanced.

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rasta1 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect tsmog, this is what I have found to really happen when people consume negative foods. Sometimes when I am travelling, its hard to access the natural foods that the brain needs.

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rasta1 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect eliminate, Detoxing the body of toxins does help to free up the mind. Glad we are on the same frequency.

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m0rd0r 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

Rasta, I agree with everything, but not taking enough proteins (either from meat/fish/dairy or from beans/lentils/peas/rice) will also lead to very bad depression.

Keep everything in balance. Cholesterol is the basic brick of all hormones in the body, so you should NOT avoid it diligently. Just don't overeat with high cholesterol foods.

Excellent hub. Voting up.

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Eliminate Cancer 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Protein from meat often comes with lots of other toxins though, hormones, anti-biotics or disease in cattle caused by a diet of GMO corn instead of grass. It's important that your source of protein is clean...

and Rasta1 - I'd never heard of hemp seeds, I'll need to look into that more. Sounds like they pack a punch similar to flax seed, only better for women who need to stay away from Omega-6 which messes with our hormones, and can lead to breast cancer.

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rasta1 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

@ Mordor and Eliminatecancer, we live in a society of excessive protein consumers. Getting the right food balance is correct. Eliminatecancer makes a very good point about the quality these proteins nowadays. I have adjusted the article to suggest the consumption of more omega 3' in order to boost the good cholesterol HDL and balance out the bad cholesterol LDL.

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Eliminate Cancer 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Awesome - thanks - I think that's a valuable update!

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rasta1 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect eliminatecancer, I try my best to give good information. Mordor's point just reminded me of what hubpages is about. Strong content.

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Nicole S 4 years ago from Minnesota

Very interesting! But it makes a lot of sense too.

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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect NicoleS, This information is from my personal experience. Thanks for liking it.

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Superb hub Rasta! There are plenty of articles about how to cure yourself of depression, but I've seen few if any articles about foods that cause it! UP! Awesome!

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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Art (Rasta1),

Thanks for publishing this very important article, my friend.

I don't think people realize the *dangers* of certain foods.

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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas

Nice hub. Is there a rule of thumb concerning protein intake (i.e. how many grams per lb; effect of active lifestyle on intact needs)?

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BlissfulWriter 4 years ago

You can not get dietary cholesterol from fruits nor vegetables. The body will make the cholesterol that it needs. Dietary cholesterol is mainly from eggs and meats.

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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Very interesting! I never thought about certain foods causing depression. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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KDuBarry03 4 years ago

Very informative Hub. I usually stay away from processed sugars. It is also very interesting that too much protein causes depression; I guess the too-much-too-little rule can be applied there as well. Very well informed!


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

@ Sunshine, thanks for pimping the hub. I thought people did not like this type of topic. I was wrong.

@ Daisy, thanks for the energy. Most people do not care about the food they eat.

@ Poet, not really a set amount of protein per body weight. Protein intake is just one of the factors. Meat intake should be smaller than your fist and less than twice per day. People with active physical lifestyles are less likely to have depression anyway.

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

i cannot agree more.this is very true. Nice hub!

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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

@ Blissful writer, flax-seeds, almonds, cashew and hemp contain a high ratio of omega3-omega6 fatty acids, almost 4-1. This is the correct ratio of fatty acids needed to create HDL cholesterol. This is the good cholesterol.

@ Rebecca, it is because most fast or processed foods contains low quality protein or little nutrients.

@ Barry, Too little sugar will also cause depression similar to protein. The most important thing is the quality of the sugar or protein.

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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect spy, Thanks for the motivation.

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

Athough I generally avoid most of the foods you list here, I hadn't really thought about them and depression, but it makes sense. Thanks for a useful and interesting hub.

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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Melovy. Preventative medicine is the best way forward in life. Nice move.

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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

Rasta, excellent information! It's amazing how much of our mind is directly affected by what we do with our body. Voted up and shared! Have a good day ...

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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

There is some very good information in your article. People are probably aware of the adverse affects of alcohol on depression, but they may not have made the connection between food and depression. You really have to be so mindful of what you eat everyday. Well done. Voted up.

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donnah75 4 years ago from Upstate New York

I know someone who has suffered from depression for many years. What you say here makes a lot of sense. Isn't it amazing how the balanced diet keeps us in balance. Great article. Voted up.

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Grant's World 4 years ago from Canada

Interesting article. I knew about alcohol but never really thought about how other foods might cause depression. I take extra protein because of weightlifting and now wonder if I would be in a better mood if I stopped taking extra protein. Hmmm.

Thanks for sharing.

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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

@prairieprincess. Thank you very much for the energy. Love and respect.

@Cyndi10. The brain uses most of the nutrients we digest, so we have to make sure we get clean fuel. Blessings and respect.

@donnah75. Balance is key and of utmost importance. Thanks and Respect.

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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Grant's. If you are using up the protein, then it would not be extra protein. Heavy weightlifting actually puts people in a good mood and boosts confidence. Some of the powdered proteins that weightlifters consume contains by-products that are harmful to the brain especially long term use.

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torrilynn 4 years ago

really intersting. i never nood that the foods we consume can actually cause someone to be depressed. awesome. voted up.

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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

An important topic interestingly written in an easy to read format. Keeping this info in mind provides good balance when thinking through the foods that are good for us.

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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect torrilynn. We have to be really careful towards the foods that we consume.

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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect RTalloni. It is a simple topic that needs to be addressed.

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Maria Cecilia 4 years ago from Philippines

This is a very important, and a reality too.... the most common food nowadays contains those mentioned..... I agree we really need to be careful with the food with eat.

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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Maria. Process foods cause a lot of ailments within the western society. Knowledge is key.

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SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

Very informative hub. I suspect that many people did not realise a connection between diet and depression. Great work.

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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect SkeetyD. Depression still does not have a cause as yet. The cause is still being debated. Food is definitely a factor.

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Sunshine625 16 months ago from Orlando, FL

3 years later and I still agree that this is one awesome hub on depression awareness. We are what we eat is so true! When I eat healthy which is the majority of the time, I feel fine, when I eat junk food, it affects my mood. Great hub!

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rasta1 16 months ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Sunshine, I try to be evergreen.

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