If you love gorging on fast food, chances are that you might end up being depressed, claims a new study.
San Diego State University researchers analysed almost 5000 individuals’ trans fats intake, where 1699 were men and 3293 women, and then examined their emotion responses.
It was observed that individuals with higher intakes of trans fats experienced “difficulties with emotional awareness,” as well as a lower level of emotional “clarity”.
In turn, those individuals with a lower trans fats intake were associated with “increased positive and decreased negative affects” and were better able to control their emotions.
Consuming a diet rich in trans fats has been linked to high cholesterol levels in the blood, causing heart attacks, heart disease and strokes, however, the mental health dangers have not been so widely accepted.
Oxford researcher and head of charity Food and Behaviour Research, Dr Alex Richardson, admitted to the Guardian that they knew such a diet was “wrecking our bodies and brains,” and there was a need look at the totality of evidence instead of “randomised controlled double-blind placebo trials.”
The study is published in the Journal of Health Psychology.