After a stressful day, most of us reach for a cookie believing it will make us feel better.
But new research shows eating biscuits and cakes might actually mess with our emotions.
US researchers found trans fatty acids – commonly found in baked goods and processed foods – can alter how we regulate our feelings.
A study of 5,000 people found those who ate more of these fatty acids had less awareness and control over their emotions.
Trans fatty acids found in baked goods alter people’s ability to regulate their emotions, a study found
They were less aware of their feelings, less able to read emotions clearly, and less able to regulate their mood, Yahoo Health reports.
When they consumed less trans fatty acids, researchers found people were better able to regulate their mood.
The study’s author, Megan Holt, a dietitian from San Diego State University, said she wanted to know more about the link between trans fatty acids and mental health, because the relationship is poorly understood.