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Agressive Food

on March 16, 2012

Has anyone ever yelled at you while they were eating a cupcake? Or maybe you have a group project and freaked out at a slacker group member after you had to eat a quick dinner of Ramen and fries. The slacker group member probably had it coming. But YOU might have been a bit more aggressive than normal because of your food choice.

I found a blog post which talks about a new study that links aggressive behavior to the consumption of trans fatty acids. I didn’t know what trans fatty acids are, so I looked it up. There are 3 types of fatty acids: saturated, unsaturated and trans. Saturated fatty acids are known to increase cholesterol and lead to a whole slew of health problems. They are found in meat and dairy products. Unsaturated fatty acids are found in olive and vegetable oils and aren’t linked with any major health issues. However, trans fats are. It turns out that even though trans fats have been manufactured from unsaturated acids, they have even more harmful effects than saturated fats. Because the brain is made of mostly fat, the fats that we consume are paramount to our health.

This study by the University of California, San Diego has looked at the effects trans fatty acids have on our brain, and in turn behavior. It turns out that there is actually a strong correlation between trans fats and aggression. Who knew? Actually, “New York City banned trans fatty acids from all restaurants in 2006” in attempts to make the population healthier. I guess it was just a pleasant coincidence that the ban helped to lower aggression at the same time.

Just FYI- here is a list of the Top 10 foods with Trans Fatty Acids:

  1. Spreads (like margarine)
  2. Packaged food (like cake mix and bisquick)
  3. Soup (like Ramen)
  4. Fast food
  5. Frozen food (like frozen pies)
  6. Baked goods (like donuts)
  7. Chips and crackers
  8. Breakfast bars
  9. Cookies and Candy
  10. Toppings and dips
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One response to “Agressive Food

  1. Sheri Snyder says:

    Butter it is ! 🙂

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