Eating 'Bad' Fats Can Make You Depressed

27/01/2011 15:13 | Updated 22 May 2015

The idea that what you eat can affect your mood isn't a new one, but now Spanish researchers believe the type of fat you eat can make a difference to how you feel. Writing in the medical journal

On the other hand, olive oil (a monounsaturated fat) and polyunsaturated fats commonly found in fish and vegetable oils were linked with a lower risk of suffering depression, the researchers claim.

The study's results could explain why people living in northern European countries - including the UK - suffer higher rates of depression than those living in the south of Europe. Northern European diets, claim the researchers, tend to be higher in processed foods (which contain trans fats), while people living in Mediterranean countries are more likely to eat olive oil, fresh fish and vegetable oils.

Have you discovered that what you eat can change your mood?


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