CrossFit WOD 13.3

Eat your vegetables or you'll get depressed.

CrossFit Diet: High Tomato intake help keep you from getting down, blue or depressed.  Which a lot of us might be feeling now that the CrossFit Open is over.

A recent study shows a strong relationship between high tomato intake and a low rate of depression.  People who eat a lot of tomatoes are less likely to depressed than people who eat other types of vegetables.  Those who are depressed tend to eat fewer vegetables than other people.  Of course it may be that people who are depressed are feeling too blue to eat much.  Or are feeling too blue to take the trouble to make a salad.  Or it may be that nutrients in vegetables, such as anti-oxidants, help preserve a positive state of mind.  One earlier reader suggested:  “Italians eat a lot of tomatoes.  Italians are a fun-loving bunch.  Germans do not eat a lot of tomatoes.  Germans are not a fun-loving bunch.  It is being Italian that saves people from depression.”  This is pretty good logic.  However, in this study all of the research subjects were Japanese.

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CrossFit Nutrition Expert Dabney Poorter (right) with friends

Improve your CrossFit Diet: Eat your vegetables or you’ll get depressed.

Finish your tomatoes or you’ll get depressed may be a better dinner table admonition. Low anti-oxidant intake is strongly associated with risk of depression.  Anti-oxidant intake seems to help.  What is very interesting about the new study is that tomatoes seem to be more protective than other vegetables.  Tomatoes contain several anti-oxidants.  However, they are especially high in lycopene.  Lycopene may be the strongest carotinoid anti-oxidant.  High lycopene intake also seems to reduce risk of some cancers. Throw a few tomatoes into your CrossFit diet.

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