Trans Fats May Trigger Aggressive Behavior

Trans Fats May Trigger Aggressive Behavior

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Trans Fats May Trigger Aggressive Behavior


A new study on dietary trans-fatty acids (dTFA) indicates that they could lead to aggressive, irrational behavior.

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego have presented a peer-reviewed study that shows “dTFA were strongly significantly associated with greater aggression, with dTFA more consistently predictive than other assessed aggression predictors.”

Not only that, dTFA have also been shown to block production of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to inhibit aggressive behavior—in addition to other omega-3 benefits such as helping to prevent heart disease, stroke and dementia.

Although you see lots of food products on grocery shelves touting they are free of trans fats, they are still widely used in the food industry. Trans fats are a product of hydrogenation, “a chemical process that makes (unsaturated) oils solid at room temperature,” quoting the study’s summary.

“This study provides the first evidence linking dTFA with behavioral irritability and aggression,” the summary continues.

So if you’ve occasionally found yourself yelling at your spouse after devouring a bag of trans fat-laden chips, well, now you have a new excuse for your behavior, not to mention a new reason to avoid foods with trans fats.

Bottom line, when shopping—especially for snack foods—it pays to read the nutrition facts label and check for the presence of trans fats.

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