13 Mar '12, 7pm

Trans fats linked to aggressive behavior

Trans fats linked to aggressive behavior

When New York City banned trans fats from local restaurants in 2006, it was trying to make its citizens healthier. Trans fatty acids — which, you’ll recall, are a type of unsaturated fat almost exclusively found in processed food – have a number of proven health effects, including raising bad cholesterol and lowering good cholesterol simultaneously. But, unbeknownst to municipal government, the ban may have also helped crime rates (and taken the edge off New Yorkers’ legendary surliness). According to a new study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, trans fats are connected with aggressive behavior. This sounds like a made-up story — like, really? Eating trans fats is connected with aggression? But eating regular fats is connected with so much serenity! But I looked up the original paper , which was published in the journal of the Public Library of Sc...

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