Fatty food attacks mood

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  • Updated: Mar 21, 2012 00:42 IST

Foods high in trans fats can make you aggressive and irritable, says a new study bickering with your spouse and feeling irritable with your kids or colleagues? And what’s worse, you don’t even know what is flaring your temper. Firstly, drop those pre-packaged cookies and walk away from the frozen pizza.

In a new US study published online by PLoS One, released on 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 that 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 behaviours of nearly a thousand 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.
Reduce irritability
1. Get enough sleep: Lack of sleep is a major cause of irritability. The fatigue due to sleep deprivation can easily make you irritable.
2. Fun activities: Taking some time out to do what you enjoy. It could be any activity like painting, cooking or eating out at your favourite eating joint. 
3. Mood food:  Having a banana in the morning also helps keep you calm. Banana is loaded with  tryptophan that increases
serotonin levels in the body. Almonds too are known as mood enhancers. Eating cheese too can help reduce irritability.
4. Talk it out: Talking about how you are feeling with a friend helps immensely. If the problem becomes difficult to handle, approach a doctor.


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