Oh, Please! Not the Fries!

Angie SzumlinskiNews

I really can’t believe it, now there is suspicion that French fries may increase anxiety and depression! Really? When I eat french fries, I feel good all over, not anxious, not depressed, just good, so how can this be?  

Well, the researchers tested it on mice, not humans, but still, they found the consumption of fried foods, particularly French fries increased the risk for these sometimes-debilitating mental health conditions. In fairness, the study looked at over 4,000 participants (not me) and found that those who ate fried food more than once a week were 58% more likely to develop depression than those who did not consume fried food. The thought is that frequent consumption of these foods may lead to changes in the brain that increase the risk for anxiety and depression. 

Of course, as always, their recommendations are to maintain a healthy diet that includes whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, which have a positive impact on mental health. We know that right? As research continues to uncover the link between fried foods and mental health, occasional consumption of fried foods is unlikely to have a major impact on mental health. I say bring on the ketchup! Stay well and stay informed!