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Trans fats linked to depression, while olive oil lowers risk

January 31, 2011
A study by researchers in Spain found that consumption of trans fat may increase the risk of depression, according to the medical website PloS ONE.

The findings were based on the fat intake of more than 12,000 individuals over several years.

Trans fats are linked to a higher risk of heart disease, and the current study found the risk of depression was 48 percent greater for those among the participants who ate the most trans fat. In addition, the researchers found that participants who ate the most trans fat were only eating about 1.5 grams per day.

Conversely, they learned that eating a heart-healthy diet with olive oil may lower the risk of depression.

"The participants with an olive oil consumption higher than 20 grams a day (about 0.7 ounces) had a 30 percent lower risk of depression than those without consumption or with a very low consumption of olive oil," said Almudena Sanchez-Villegas, of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in Las Palmas, Spain.

Among the rehabilitative services of the North Shore-LIJ Health System are nutritional assessments by registered dietitians who address patients' dietary issues and guide them and their families on improvements to their diet.
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