April 26, 2023 | 5:29 PM
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new research Chinese researchers found that consumption of fried potatoes, or French fries, was associated with a 12% increased risk of anxiety and a 7% increased risk of depression, with young men being most affected.
A research team, published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suspects acrylamide to be the culprit.
Scientists noted that long-term exposure to acrylamide causes adult zebrafish to “display anxiety- and depression-like behaviors.” US Food and Drug Administration warns High levels of acrylamide have caused cancer in animals, but the risk to humans is “not exactly clear”.
The authors processed data from 140,728 Britons over 11 years, excluding those diagnosed with depression within the first two years of the study.
Researchers found that eating fried potatoes was associated with a 2% higher risk of depression than eating fried white meat. Young men often consumed the most fried foods.
Survey results reverberate recently published research Higher consumption of ultra-processed foods was found to increase the risk of depression in Brazilian adults.
another study We identified an association between daily consumption of ultra-processed foods and cognitive decline in adults.
The latest research shows that mental health diagnosis rates are on the rise. An estimated 21 million U.S. adults experienced at least one “major depressive episode” in 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. National Institute of Mental Health.
Despite the staggering results, study author Yu Zhang of Zhejiang University said: told CNN “No need to panic On the negative effects of fried foods
in the end, moderation is the key.
But the researchers’ results sparked chicken-and-egg skepticism. Which comes first, depression or indulgence?
Dr. David Katz, who was not involved in the study, suggested that perhaps people already struggling with mental health are turning to “comfort foods” to soothe themselves.
The founder of the nonprofit True Health Initiative told CNN, “The human component of this study may indicate the very intent that higher fried food intake is associated with an increased risk of anxiety/depression. There is a possibility
“But the causal pathway could just as easily go the other way. People with anxiety and depression turn more often to ‘comfort foods’ for relief.”
But on Tuesday, a clinical psychologist and adjunct assistant professor at the University of Calgary Jonathan Stair tweeted: “I have worked in hospitals for over 10 years helping people experiencing severe depression. French fries don’t put people in the hospital.
“Science and mental health literacy involves looking beyond hyped headlines and understanding that mental illness has multiple causes,” he concluded.