Trans fats adversely affect the mental health of the young male population, according to a new study.
“Trans fats were most strongly linked to worse memory in men during their high productivity years,” stated Beatrice Golomb, a professor of medicine at University of California San Diego School of Medicine in the US. “Trans fat consumption has previously shown adverse associations to behaviour and mood – other pillars of brain function. However, to our knowledge a relation to memory or cognition had not been shown.”
Golomb’s team analyzed records of 1,018 men and women, who were aged 20 to 85, all of whom were participants to the team’s dietary survey and memory examination through word recollection..
It was found out that for each additional gram of dietary trans fatty acids (dTFA) taken every day, ability to recall slacked by 0.76 words.
But this kind of result has not been noted in older generation.
Trans fat, also called trans-fatty acids, is the worst type of fat in the world. This is due to the fact that this fat increases a person’s LDL or bad cholesterol and lowers the HDL or good cholesterol.
This condition doubles cardiovascular risk, the no.1 leading cause of mortality in the US and rest of the world.
Trans fat is found in some meats and dairy products but only in small amounts. The major source of trans fat are vegetable oils to which hydrogen has been added in order to prolong shelf life.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, by cutting off artificial trans fats from the diet, 10,000-20,000 heart attacks and 3,000-7,000 deaths from coronary heart disease deaths could be avoided yearly in the US.
For this health reason, the Food and Drug Administration is ordering the ban of trans fat from US food supply.