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Study Suggests Trans-Fats Increase Depression Risk While Some Other Fats May Lower It

January 26, 2011: 11:00 AM EST

The impact of various fatty acids (particularly trans fats) on cardiovascular health has been well-established, but scientists in Spain are exploring them from another angle: the effect of fatty acids on depression. Researchers followed a group of more than 12,000 people for six years—all initially depression-free. By the end of the study, those who ate the most trans fats showed a depression risk 48 percent higher than those who did not. Their findings also suggest that consumption of olive oil, poly-and monounsaturated fats reduces the risk of depression, though they caution that further study is needed to validate this.

Almudena Sanchez-Villegas, Lisa Verberne, Jokin De Irala, Miguel Ruız-Canela, Estefanıa Toledo, Lluis Serra-Majem, Miguel Angel Martınez-Gonzalez, " Dietary Fat Intake and the Risk of Depression: The SUN Project", PlosOne, January 26, 2011, © Open Access
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