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We knew all that uplifting food news couldn’t last for long - after a week that revealed popcorn was the healthiest snack, and that chocolate could help with slimming, we’ve just learnt that eating junk food and baked goods such as cakes and croissants could give you the blues.

Researchers at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of Granada found that consumers of fast food (including burgers, pizzas, and commercially baked goods like doughnuts), compared to those who eat little or none, are 51% more likely to develop depression.

The study, which has just been published in the Journal of Public Health Nutrition , assessed nearly 9,000 people who had not suffered from depression previously – and 493 were diagnosed with depression or started to take antidepressants after a period of six months.

The finding also suggested that those who indulged in junk food were more likely to be single, less active, smoke and work more than 45 hours a week.

Still tempted to reach for that box of Krispy Kremes? Dr Almudena Sanchez-Villegas, lead researcher from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, said that even eating small quantities “is linked to a significantly higher chance of developing depression."

This is all unfortunate news for the Stylist office which is frequently flooded with all manner of doughnuts and cakes – but we’re hoping this doesn’t include homemade baked goods (e.g. cupcakes) that aren’t pumped with junk. At least chocolate is still good for you

What do you think of the findings - could baked goods contribute to depression, or is a sweet treat ok in moderation? Let us know in the comments below or @StylistMagazine.

Words: Lauren Smith

Picture credit: Rex Features

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