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French Fries and Depression : Are they associated ?

28 April 2023

French fries are a beloved snack and side dish for many people around the world. However, recent research has shown that eating French fries regularly may increase your risk of depression.

The study, conducted by the University of Navarra in Spain, followed the eating habits of over 4,000 participants for six years. The participants were initially free of depression and were assessed using a food frequency questionnaire at the start of the study, and then every two years thereafter. The researchers found that those who ate fried food, including French fries, at least twice a week had a 17% higher risk of developing depression compared to those who ate it less frequently.

One possible reason for this association is that fried foods are high in trans fats. Trans fats have been shown to increase inflammation in the body, and inflammation has been linked to depression. In addition, the high calorie and fat content of French fries may contribute to weight gain, which is another risk factor for depression.

Furthermore, French fries are often cooked at high temperatures, which can create acrylamide, a chemical compound that has been linked to cancer and nerve damage. While the link between acrylamide and depression is not well-established, the potential risks associated with consuming this chemical cannot be ignored.

It's important to note that this study only shows an association between frequent French fry consumption and depression, not causation. Additionally, other factors such as lifestyle habits, socioeconomic status, and genetics could also contribute to the development of depression.

However, this study does provide another reason to consider reducing your intake of French fries and other fried foods. Instead, try incorporating more whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins into your diet. These foods are packed with essential nutrients and have been linked to a lower risk of depression and other chronic diseases.

In conclusion, eating French fries and other fried foods regularly may increase your risk of depression. While more research is needed to fully understand the link between diet and depression, it's always a good idea to focus on eating a healthy, balanced diet to promote overall health and wellbeing.

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