Tired of your husband blaming your time of the month for your bad mood? Now wives can point to junk food as the cause of their husbands’ irritability. In fact, this new study one-ups the “Twinkie Defense.” Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found the consumption of trans fats is directly associated with irritability and aggression.
We have already been warned that trans fat adversely affects lipid levels, metabolic function, insulin resistance, oxidation, inflammation and cardiac health. The resent study followed nearly 1,000 men and women to analyze the relationship between dietary trans fats and aggression or irritability.
Researchers found the more trans fats consumer the greater aggression and was a predictive of aggression and irritability.
Could trans fat be the reason for Roxy’s bad mood?
Trans fats are products of hydrogenation, which makes unsaturated oils solid at room temperature. Trans fatty acid is created when the molecular structure of a vegetable oil is altered to a hardened form found in margarine or shortening. Because trans fat increases the shelf life of foods, it’s most commonly found in restaurant foods, fast foods (French fries, fried chicken, and chicken nuggets), snack food, packaged bakery products (cookies, crackers, donuts, and cakes), microwave popcorn, potato chips, peanut butters, and salad dressings.
In the United States, typical French fries have about 40 percent trans fat, and many cookies and crackers range from 30 to 50 percent trans fat. Doughnuts have approximately 35 percent trans fatty acids. A couple of the worst offenders are found in many kitchens—stick margarine and Crisco®.
Trans fat is far worse than natural saturated fat ever could be. The production process of injecting liquid fats with hydrogen gas converts them into indigestible trans fatty acids. Trans fat can’t be metabolized in the human body. In fact, trans fat has a half-life of 51 days. That means three months after consuming trans fat, you’re body is still dealing with it.
Need I state the obvious? If trans fats are unhealthy for adults, they are worse for children, whose bodies are smaller and still developing.