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Processed Foods Make Us Irritable

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 06:45 AM

Bickering with your spouse and irritable with your kids or colleagues? Drop the pre-packaged cookies and walk away from the frozen pizza.

In a new study published online by PLoS One and released March 13, researchers from the University of California San Diego showed that consumption of foods high in trans fats commonly found in processed and deep-fried foods is associated with irritability and aggression.

Fats which are solid at room temperature like margarine, shortenings, and prepared foods are high in trans fats.

Calling it the first study to provide evidence linking trans fatty acids to adverse conduct like impatience and overt aggression, researchers came to their conclusion after studying the dietary habits and behaviors of nearly 1,000 men and women.

The survey measured everything from a life history of aggression, conflict tactics, self-rated impatience, irritability, and overt aggression.

Meanwhile, consumption of trans fats has also been linked to everything from increased risk of stroke in older women, brain shrinkage, Alzheimer's, and infertility among men.

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