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The science is in: High-fat diet is related to depression.

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This is based on a research article published in the journal Translational Psychiatry that found high-fat diets promote depression-like behaviour in mice.

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Over a period of 3 to 8 weeks, mice were fed a high-fat diet (HFD) and monitored for depression-like behaviour.

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When compared to mice that were given normal diets, they found the HFD mice were less inclined to move in tail suspension and forced swim tests, a behaviour change related to depression.

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According to Psychology Today, the researchers discovered that a high-fat diet messes up the normal functions of the hypothalamus, a tiny portion of the brain that controls hormone release, which affects your mood.

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There is some good news though; the researchers concluded that their findings could lead to a new form of antidepressants specifically for overweight and obese people.

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So eating your feelings away could leave you feeling worse. Now, put that your fried chicken and step away from the nasi lemak. Your happiness depends on it!

(Do Fatty Foods Deplete Serotonin Levels?)
(A high-fat diet promotes depression-like behavior in mice by suppressing hypothalamic PKA signaling)

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