While there has long been an assumption that you are what you eat, a closer look at this “warning” can shine some light on how what we consume really can have a lasting impact.
This concept was explored in a recent Top Wire XS report, suggesting that depression can be triggered by the food we eat. Research has been conducted by a number of different teams and organizations to support this theory, shattering the once believed notion that depression was only caused by emotional concerns.
A group of Spanish scientists was one of the most recent to explore depression. In the process, these researchers found that consumption of foods with higher amounts of harmful trans-fat can induce depression.
The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Almudena Sanchez-Villegas led this research, which focused on 12,059 Spanish subjects. Over six years, these researchers traced lifestyle, dietary intake and illnesses of their subjects in order to come to a full conclusion regarding diet and depression.
The findings from this research suggest that there is a 48 percent increase in the risk of depression for those who have a trans-fat intake of more than 0.6 percent. The guilty trans-fat is generally found in cheese, milk and other processed foods.
Those with low trans-fat intakes and those who avoided foods with trans-fat contents had the lowest risk of depression. Once the study was complete, 657 subjects suffered depression and became dose dependent. They regularly consumed foods in higher saturated fats and trans-fats, which increased their risk of being depressed.