A shocking news: America's most widely consumed oil causes genetic changes in the brain. New University of California - Riverside research shows soybean oil not only leads to obesity and diabetes, but could also affect neurological conditions.
It’s about autism, Alzheimer's disease, anxiety, and depression in the first row. The scientists found pronounced effects of the oil on the hypothalamus. "The hypothalamus regulates body weight via your metabolism, maintains body temperature, is critical for reproduction and physical growth as well as your response to stress," said Margarita Curras-Collazo, an associate professor at UCR, and lead author of the study. In fact it seems some genes are not functioning correctly. The researchers discovered roughly 100 genes affected by the soybean oil diet in the mice.
It’s important to say the findings only apply to soybean oil, not to other soy products or to other vegetable oils. Many soy products only contain small amounts of the oil, and large amounts of healthful compounds such as essential fatty acids and proteins. Soybean oil is by far the most widely produced and consumed edible oil in the U.S. This oil is popularly used in processed and premade foods, by restaurants and fast food companies, and more. Additional research is necessary.