How a Science Site Twisted a Food Study About Fat and Emotion
Let’s see how a science site gets from this…..
Bias in science is a dangerous thing. Bias in food science seems to be the norm. A study was done to see if a fatty acid changed emotions, and when a science website got the study, they assumed “fat=bad” and completely screwed up.
The fatty acid studied was dodecanoic acid, aka lauric acid, commonly found in breast milk, coconut milk, some nuts, and other things. It it thought to be healthy.
In this study, “Fatty acid–induced gut-brain signaling attenuates neural and behavioral effects of sad emotion in humans,” researchers found that people that were given an IV of dodecanoic acid were less sad than people who were not, during an experiment. Conclusion, the dodecanoic acid attenuated sadness. OK fine, the result gets published.
Now medicalxpress.com gets it, and it gets stupid. Someone sees the “fatty acid” thing, and writes the following title and intro-
Fatty foods really are mood enhancers
A new study published in the August issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation shows just why it is that people tend to turn to fatty foods in order to boost their emotional state and reduce feelings of sadness. Be it chocolate chip cookies, French fries and a chocolate shake or whatever your favorite fatty food may be, researchers say these fatty foods create a biological change in your body to reduce the feelings of sadness…
This is how news sites, even that should know better, completely screw up. The basic assumption is that fat=bad, so they don’t know what to do with this data except to try and twist it into some “fat makes you feel good, so no wonder people have problems” kind of thing. Just look at the story tags if you think I am making this up- “brain activity, biological change, fatty foods, french fries, emotional disorders, breast milk, fatty acids, emotional state, eating disorders, participants.” The study never even mentioned french fries or eating disorders. These were introduced by the news site which put a negative spin on it, due to bias.
What’s the truth?
The study found something completely reasonable. Something that is found in breast milk and healthy foods such as coconuts also helps people feel better. This is good. What the site mentioned above did was assume this was bad, and they tried to equate the good food with french fries, cookies, and milkshakes. This is just irresponsible.Share on Facebook