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A series of new studies have found a significant link between the sweet stuff and a disease the World Health Organisation says is one of the biggest burdens on society: Depression.
Scientists at San Diego State University Research Foundation looked into the relationship between trans saturated fats (which you find in cakes and other fast food) and emotional regulation.
They found that fast food can make you depressed and less able to control your emotions.
Examining archival data of 1699 men and 3293 women that included their trans fat intake and emotion responses, the study found that those with higher intakes of trans fats experienced “difficulties with emotional awareness” and a lower level of emotional “clarity”. (Post continues after gallery.)
Individuals with lower trans fat intake were associated with improved emotion regulation.
And that’s not the only evidence suggesting that what we eat can affect our mental health.
A study published this week in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, corroborates the new information, with researchers finding that high glycemic index (GI) diets could be a major risk factor for depression in postmenopausal women.
The GI index refers to a scale that ranks foods containing carbohydrate by how much they raise your blood sugar.
Looking at data from food questionnaires and a scale that measures symptoms of depressive disorders from postmenopausal women in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, Columbia University Assistant Professor James E. Gangwisch and his team of researchers studied the results of roughly 70,000 women.