Frequent consumption of fried foods, especially potatoes, is “strongly associated” with an increased risk of anxiety and depression, which is 12 and 7% respectively.
This association is “more pronounced” among the men and consumers more youthsindicates a study by Chinese researchers published today by Pnas.
The investigation figures out this increased risk through a population study and also delves into the causes, for which zebrafish were used, which were exposed to acrylamide in the long term, which is produced with the frying food.
Acrylamide is a chemical that is naturally created in starchy food products during everyday high-temperature cooking processes, such as frying, roasting, roast and also during industrial processes at 120 degrees Celsius and low humidity.
“Prolonged exposure to acrylamide induces anxiety and depressive behaviors via neuroinflammation mediated by oxidative stress,” the researchers write.
The set of results “provide strong evidence to unravel the mechanism of the anxiety and depression triggered by acrylamide, and highlight the importance of reducing the consumption of fried foods for mental health.”
Depression and anxiety are two of the most prevalent mental disorders globally and the covid-19 pandemic was an increase. The study recalls that more than 5% of adults suffer from depression.
Coordinated by Zhejiang University (China), the study used data on 140,728 people from the UK Biobank biomedical data bank.
To better understand how chronic exposure to acrylamide works and its relationship with depression and diseasethe team used a model of zebrafish that they put in contact with that substance for 180 days.
Such chronic exposure impairs the ability to explore new tanks and objects, as well as the sociability of adult fish, which displayed behaviors similar to anxiety and depression, the research indicates.
The team also found that it markedly disturbed their behavior profiles. behavior and altered light/dark preference (scototaxis).
Also in fish, chronic exposure to this product induces changes in the metabolism brain lipid and neuroinflammation, as well as deregulates the metabolism of two types of lipids (sphingolipids and phospholipids), which plays an important role in the development of anxiety and depression symptoms.