Vegetarian Diet and Mental Disorders

Vegetarian Buffet

Vegetarian Buffet (Link is to public domain source)

A fascinating article over on PubMed from last week showed a remarkable correlation between lack of meat in the diet and mental disorders.

Aside from my own inclination to classify vegetarianism and/or veganism to be a priori evidence of a mental disorder, this “study” was very interesting on two very different levels.

One one level, it is an enormous surprise that a “study” like this would ever see the light of day, much less get published on PubMed. It’s just not Politically Correct. You gotta wonder how the authors of that paper plan to stay employed after publishing something like that. (“Would you like fries with that, sir?”)

But, on a whole different level, there is the last statement in the conclusion:

However, there was no evidence for a causal role of vegetarian diet in the etiology of mental disorders.

If this had been a “study” on carbohydrate restriction using, say, the Atkins-bashing special rat chow from Purina with the name “5TJP” (The “Atkins-Type Diet for Rodents“), or “5TJQ” (The “High-Fat Ketogenic Diet for Rodents“) where the fat consists of soybean oil, corn oil, and Crisco (check the ingredient labels carefully), you would not have seen any such disclaimer.

But, maybe they are essentially correct. Maybe bizarre, unnatural, and suboptimal diets just tend to attract people with mental disorders.

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