It seems like everywhere you turn, there is somebody somewhere who is cranky or saying that they are depressed-it might even be you making the claim. In fact, depression is so common now that even children are moodier than they were a generation ago. Even in the happy land of social media sites like Facebook, you are apt to view a post streaming through your rss feed, proclaiming depression. However, before you seek therapy or play doctor and prescribe Prozac, you might want to check out your diet.
It turns out that a study done by the universities of Nacarra and Las Palmas de Gran Canria in Spain showed that depression is also linked to a diet high in trans-fat. Unfortunately, consuming trans-fat is very common in conventional foods. Conventional foods are processed foods-or foods that have been alterned from their natural state. They are usually found in the inner aisles at grocery stores or at restaurants (especially fast food restaurants). However, don’t despair-you don’t have to resign yourself to a life of depression. While consuming trans-fats is highly common, it can be avoided by making the following changes:
(1). Increase your intake of omega 3 fatty acids, which can be found in fish oil, cod liver oil, flax seed oil and/or flax seed. Everyone should be consuming these even if they’re not depressed; and
(2). Read your labels. Don’t take the claim of “zero trans-fat” that’s found on the front of the package as the gospel. The FDA allows companies to put “zero trans-fat” on their packaging if one serving of food has less than 0.5 g of trans-fat.
(3). Go the extra step and turn to the back of the package where the ingredients list is, and, allow me to quote the late William Faulkner, “read, read, read.” If the ingredients list has the words partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, that’s a trans- fat. You might be saying that you are only going to eat one of those cookies. But let’s not fool ourselves; many of us always eat more than one serving of food, especially when we are snacking. And if that’s not reason enough, the FDA says that there are no safe amounts of trans-fat so that means none should be consumed.
Now you see that avoiding trans-fat is quite simple and moreover, being happy really can be a choice. If you fuel your body with the right whole foods, you’ll be amazed at how wonderfully happy you can be. Before you know, the whole world could truly be happy-Now imagine that!
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