27 May '12, 4pm

Donut Blues: Does Eating High-Fat Foods Make Us Depressed?

Donut Blues: Does Eating High-Fat Foods Make Us Depressed?

That ice cream sundae, a big bowl of mac ‘n’ cheese: These are the “comfort” foods that people so often turn to. Some studies have shown that eating high-fat foods make different regions of the brain light up; they become addictive because people keep turning to them for that pleasurable sensation. A new study from the International Journal of Obesity suggests the opposite: University of Montreal researchers found that a high-fat diet led to depressive and anxiety-like behaviors in mice. Canada.com describes the study (which involved the mice undergoing some very stressful moments). One group of mice (who were prone to obesity) were fed a diet high in saturated fats, the other low-fat food. After 12 weeks, the researchers put the mice through a stress test; rodents who are stressed will freeze or run for a corner, rather than explore, Mice exposed to the high-fat diet were...

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