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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Can trans fats make you sad?

We've all heard that trans fats are one of the leading factors in the obesity epidemic in America. Food additives that do nothing more than extend the self life of food (i.e. put a few more pennies into the accounts of the food companies that sell the stuff) might cause our shelf lives to be shortened.

I just read a story in Men's Health magazine that indicates trans fats might also cause depression. The numbers aren't significant but trans fats are known to trigger inflammation and Doctors think that the inflammation might interefere with seretonin levels. Interesting, take a look and let me know what you think.

An interesting point in the write up is that many of us eat more fatty foods when we are depressed---could it be a waterfall effect? Depression leads to eating foods high in trans fats, which deepens depression, leading to comfort eating of more foods with trans fats? I don't know, but it's an interesting concept and just another reason to avoid trans fats like the plauge. Of course, in the marketplace of today, that gets more and more difficult. I think the answer might lie in eating as many whole fresh foods as possible and do our best to avoid the highly processed stuff.

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