Feeling Homicidal? Blame Your French Fries
No doubt you already know that trans fat is bad for your heart — but did you know that it might also make your blood boil?
As CBC News reports, researchers at the University of California–San Diego have found a link between eating foods that are high in trans fats and behaviors like aggression, impatience and irritability.
The study looked at 945 women and men, delving into their diets and behaviors. Researchers found that participants who consumed more trans fat were more likely to report higher levels of impatience and overt aggression.
And your level of education, alcohol consumption and smoking habits didn’t affect whether you got mean after a Twinkie binge, the CBC reports.
“This study provides the first evidence linking dietary trans fatty acids with behavioral irritability and aggression,” the study concludes.
Trans fat is found in a range of processed or deep-fried foods.
“If the association between trans fats and aggressive behavior proves to be causal, this adds further rationale to recommendations to avoid eating trans fats, or including them in foods provided at institutions like schools and prisons, since the detrimental effects of trans fats may extend beyond the person who consumes them to affect others,” the study’s lead author, Dr. Beatrice Golomb, tells the CBC.
So, the next time we snap at you for taking our last mozzarella stick or a handful of our potato chips, please don’t take it personality. It’s not you (or us) — it’s the food.
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