Fatty foods limit the effect of sadness

Fatty foods can make people less vulnerable to sadness, even if they are unaware of the fat content in the food they are eating. Belgian researchers fed healthy non-obese subjects’ directly into their stomachs, bypassing taste sensors, while using fMRI to produce real-time brain scans. Subjects received an intragastric infusion of fatty acid solution or saline during neutral or sad emotion induction and rated sensations of hunger, fullness, and mood. The investigators found that the behavioural and neural responses to sad emotion induction were reduced by fatty acid infusion. (Fatty acid-induced gut-brain signaling attenuates neural and behavioral effects of sad emotion in humans. J Clin Invest. 2011 Aug 1;121(8):3094-9).

 

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