A new study has found a link between consuming fried foods, particularly fried potatoes, and an increased risk of anxiety and depression. The study involved 140,728 people and revealed that regular consumption of fried foods carries a 12% and 7% higher risk of anxiety and depression, respectively. The researchers attribute this correlation to the presence of a contaminant in fried foods called acrylamide, which can trigger inflammation and lipid metabolism disturbance, leading to mental health issues. The study authors suggest reducing fried food intake, and instead, trying cooking methods such as boiling, poaching, or grilling, as well as using healthier oils like extra-virgin olive oil, avocado oil, or rapeseed oil. Experts also recommend replacing fried items with baked or grilled products and incorporating more whole foods like nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into your diet. The study authors caution that the relationship between frequent fried food consumption and mental health is complex, but reducing fried food intake is a wise and healthy choice. Experts suggest taking a slow, steady, and sustainable approach to reducing fried food consumption and surrounding yourself with people who are also looking to change their habits to make lasting changes.
Fried Foods Linked to Higher Depression and Anxiety Risk