Whenever I think of what makes me happy, food usually pops into the equation. Cheesecake. Fried chicken. Burgers. Cheesesteaks.
Now, I've never measured the amount of dopamine that's released by my brain every time I bite into something delicious, and I wouldn't even know how I'd go about doing that, but I'd warrant that it would be a hell of a lot if I ever did.
But it turns out that new research suggest gorging on unhealthy foods not only spell bad news for your waistline, but for your mental health as well.
The study was conducted by Dr. Felice Jacka, who took 67 men and women who fit three criteria:
Subjects then had their depression measured with a variety of tests, chief among them the standard, Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale, which measures people's depression on a scale of 0-60, with 60 being the worst.
On the other hand, the half of testers who didn't change their diets only improved by 4 points on average.
Notably, the Mediterranean diet ended up costing almost 20% less than the unhealthy diet the other half of the study sustained.