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Study Finds Eating Trans Fats Linked To Aggressive Behavior

Aired 3/19/12 on KPBS News.

Doctors say foods that contain trans fats are risky for the heart. New research suggests these foods may also be linked to greater aggression.

— Doctors say foods that contain trans fats are risky for the heart. New research suggests these foods may also be linked to greater aggression.

UC San Diego researchers examined the diets and behavior of 945 men and women. The survey measured whether a participant had a history of aggression and took into account any recent displays of it.

Head researcher Dr. Beatrice Golomb said people who ate higher amounts of trans fats were definitely more aggressive.

"That was present for everyone of the aggression measures that we looked at," Golomb said, "that it was a more consistent predictor than the other recognized aggression predictors that we had access to, that it was true for men, for women, for younger age, for older age, for Caucasians, for minorities."

Packaged cookies, french fries and fried chicken are just some of the foods rich in trans fats.

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