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Int J Eat Disord. 1996 Jul;20(1):105-9.

Comparison of nutrient intake among depressed and nondepressed individuals.

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Psychology Department, University of South Alabama, Mobile 36688, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The study investigated the nutrient intake of depressed and nondepressed subjects.

METHOD:

Twenty-nine depressed subjects and a matched group of nondepressed subjects completed a 3-day food record.

RESULTS:

Results revealed that depressed and nondepressed groups consume similar amounts of all nutrients except protein and carbohydrates. Nondepressed subjects consume more protein and depressed subjects consume more carbohydrates. The increase in carbohydrate consumption comes primarily from an increase in sucrose consumption.

DISCUSSION:

The increased carbohydrate consumption is consistent with the carbohydrate cravings characteristic of the depressed and may relate to the development or maintenance of depression.

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