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Study Links Trans Fat Intake to Depression

Consumption of trans fats can increase your risk of depression, according to new research. However, healthier fats may actually reduce your risk.

The study looked at over 12,000 volunteers, and found that participants with the highest level of trans fat consumption had up to a 48 percent increase in the risk of depression. Trans fats are attractive for the food industry because they have an extended, and they have therefore natural solid fats and liquid oils in many areas of food processing.

According to the study:

"A detrimental relationship was found between [trans fat] intake and depression risk, whereas weak inverse associations were found for MUFA, PUFA and olive oil. These findings suggest that cardiovascular disease and depression may share some common nutritional determinants related to subtypes of fat intake."

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