Study finds that red meat can help make you happier

cooked steakWe all know that going out for a nice meal is always a good time. You get good company, in a fun atmosphere, all topped off with a delicious meal. What’s not to love?

But would you have ever guessed that there’s some actual science to link the joy of a delicious steak dinner to one’s happiness? And not just that full-bellied feeling of satisfaction that was hard-earned by your taste buds, but an actual biological reason that affects mental health.

It might sound too good to be true, but according to a 2012 study, red meat might really bring you happiness, even after the great taste has left you.

Check out an excerpt from an article detailing the study about red meat and happiness…

It has never taken much convincing to tell us carnivores that a nice chunk of charred animal flesh is happiness on a plate.  Recently, there is scientific proof as well.  A recent study finds that eating red meat halves your risk of getting depression.

The study, carried out at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia, confirms that people who eat no red meat are twice as likely to battle depression.  Admittedly the study is a bit narrow as they only observed women.

Professor Felice Jacka, one of the researchers, explains:

“When we looked at women consuming less than the recommended amount of red meat in our study, we found that they were twice as likely to have a diagnosed depressive or anxiety disorder as those consuming the recommended amount.

“Even when we took into account the overall healthiness of the women’s diets, as well as other factors such as their socioeconomic status, physical activity levels, smoking, weight and age, the relationship between low red meat intake and mental health remained.

“Interestingly, there was no relationship between other forms of protein, such as chicken, pork, fish or plant-based proteins, and mental health. Vegetarianism was not the explanation either.“

While there are undoubtedly other impacts on a diet that red meat can have, this is still an intriguing topic. It’s surely a good reason to feel less guilty about a nice, big meal for those of you out there watching out for your diets.

Just remember that a juicy steak from Cool Hand Luke’s could bring you some extra happiness on top of the good times out at a great restaurant!

Check out the rest of the article detailing the study here: