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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, June 5, 2015
A study of nearly 5,000 people from San Diego
State University has discovered that trans-fatty
acids (commonly found in cookies and other baked
goods) can alter the way a person thinks.
The research, which was published in the Journal
of Health Psychology, found that people who ingested
more trans-fatty acids had difficulty with several
aspects of their emotions, including how aware they
were of them, how clearly they could read them, and
how well they could regulate their mood.
But when people ingested less trans-fatty acids,
they saw an improvement in their ability to regulate
Study researcher and registered dietitian Megan
Holt, DrPH, tells Yahoo Health that she wanted to
study the link between mental health and trans-fatty
acids because it s a "poorly understood" relationship.
Registered dietitian nutritionist Sonya Angelone, a
spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietet-
ics, tells Yahoo Health that she s not shocked by the
findings, adding that previous research has found a
link between negative behaviour and trans-fats.
She cites a 2012 study from the University of Cal-
ifornia, San Diego, that found people who ate more
trans-fats were more likely to be aggressive than
those who didn t.
But trans fats aren t just bad for your emotional
health. According to the American Heart Association,
trans-fats raise your bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and
lower your good (HDL) cholesterol levels, increasing
your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease
The Obama Administration expected to take action
to phase our trans-fats from the American food
supply in the coming months, and The Food and
Drug Administration is currently investigating partially
hydrogenated oils, which are a primary source for
trans-fats in processed foods.
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Experts have said: "Commercially processed trans-fat serves no beneficial
purpose and has been proven time and time again to do a lot of harm for our
health." PHOTO: WIKIPEDIA
How cookies are messing
with your emotions
In 2013, the government agency made a preliminary
determination that partially hydrogenated oils are no
longer classified as Generally Recognised as Safe in
"Commercially processed trans-fat serves no ben-
eficial purpose and has been proven time and time
again to do a lot of harm for our health," says registered
dietitian Beth Warren, author of Living a Real Life
with Real Food.
Want to limit, or even eliminate, trans-fats from
your diet? It s possible, says Warren.
Cooking at home helps, as well as reading food
labels and keeping at eye out for the words "partially
That means there are trans-fats in the product,
but not enough to list on the food label, she says.
If you end up eating more than the serving size (which
most of us do), you may be consuming trans-fat.
Any day now, the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) is expected to take action
to finally phase out trans-fats from the American
food supply---they're found in everything from
frozen pizza to potato chips to French fries to
Reese's Pieces. This move should make your
cardiologist's job a lot easier.
The artificial fat---invented over 60 years ago
to make deep-frying more convenient and baked
goods more shelf-stable---has been linked
repeatedly to heart disease. Its artery-clogging
effects extend beyond your heart, however;
reduced blood flow can impact everything from
brain function to sexual function.
Municipalities like New York City and even
retailers like Wal-Mart have taken action in an
attempt to eliminate trans fats, but the artery-
clogging ingredient---also called "partially
hydrogenated oils"---still lurks in many popular
While the American Heart Association long
ago urged people to get no more than two grams
of trans-fat a day, many supermarket and
restaurant foods still feature up to four times as
Once the ban takes effect, food companies and
restaurants will have a set amount of time to
remove trans-fats from their offerings---and
these transition periods often last for a year or
In the meantime, make sure you check your
food labels for trans-fats.
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