Twinkies Make You A Pain

Years ago, a defendant in a murder trial claimed that eating Twinkies contributed to his violence and depression. A new study shows that he may have been right. Research on 1,000 men and women at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine shows — by each of a range of measures, in men and women of all ages, in Caucasians and minorities — that consumption of dietary trans fatty acids (found in Twinkies and other processed treats) is associated with irritability and aggression.

Dietary trans fatty acids result from hydrogenating oil, which makes unsaturated oils solid at room temperature. They are present at high levels in margarines, shortenings and processed foods. Previously, trans fatty acids have been found to raise cholesterol, disrupt metabolism, contribute to insulin resistance, increase harmful oxidation, boost inflammation and raise the risk of heart disease.

The scientists found that consuming trans fats added to a person’s “overt aggression.”

“We found that greater trans fatty acids were significantly associated with greater aggression, and were more consistently predictive of aggression and irritability, across the measures tested, than the other known aggression predictors that were assessed,” says researcher Beatrice Golomb, M.D., P.hD.


Easy Health Options Staff

By Easy Health Options Staff

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