Insufficient red meat can lead to depression, anxiety in women

While high consumption of red meat has been linked to cancer, cardiovascular disease and overall mortality (MO, 23 March), researchers from Deakin University and Barwon Health show that insufficient intake of red meat – as well as too much – is linked to depression and anxiety.

The researchers, led by Associate Professor Felice Jacka from the Barwon Psychiatric Research Unit at Geelong Hospital, hypothesised red meat might be bad for mental health.

But in the study, women eating less than three to four serves a week of red meat were twice as likely to have a diagnosed depressive or anxiety

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