Scientists say that trans fatty acids found in baked goods can alter our emotions. Well, they do say you are what you eat …
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Picture this: you’ve had a hard day at work, you take your trusty biscuit tin in your arms and polish off your fourth chocolate Hobnob.
Does that make you feel all warm inside and make the world a better place? Apparently not say scientists.
According to researchers, trans fatty acids (that’s when the oil goes through a process called hydrogenation which makes the oil more solid) found in biscuits and cakes can play havoc with our emotions.
The study of 5,000 people, which was published in the Journal of Health Psychology, found that those who ate more of these fatty acids had less awareness of their feelings and control over their emotions.
Researchers found that those who ate less trans fatty acids were better at regulating their mood.
Megan Holt, a dietitian at San Diego State University told the Daily Mail, “We need to consider that poor nutrition also has implications in terms of psychological wellness.
“Striving to avoid or limit dietary sources of trans fatty acids would certainly be a good start.”
While a lot more research is needed before a firm link can be established, if you are looking to reduce your intake of trans fats, the NHS has the following tips:
- Reduce the amount of biscuits, cakes and pastries you eat
- Use liquid vegetable oil for frying
- Try to avoid products that list partially hydrogenated fat or oil on the label
- Remember to include lots of fruit and vegetables in your diet