We know that there are several reasons for hair loss. Heredity, hormonal changes and stress are just a few. We also know the link between the food we eat and our physical and mental health. However, we now know that high fat diets can be another contributing factor to hair loss.
Hair loss, for men or women, can be a sensitive issue. It is often treated with topical medications, oral medications or lifestyle adjustments. Sometimes with minimal thinning, you can use techniques or products to combat hair loss. However, if your diet is high in fat, it may be time to take a look at how your diet can affect your hair.
The link between a high-fat diet and hair loss
A 2021 study found that a high-fat diet actually accelerates rat hair fall by targeting hair follicle stem cells. And the more fat the rats ate, the more hair follicles were targeted, causing hair to fall out.
High-fat foods may include regular red meat, fried foods, processed foods, and packaged sweets. Pastries, burgers, fried chicken, sausage and ice cream all fall into that category. These are foods that are high in saturated and / or trans fats. It’s a bummer, we know.
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However, you do not have to completely rid yourself of all these treats. Although it is wise not to eat them every day. We believe food is morally neutral. But we also know that food can affect your health. Diabetes, high cholesterol, chronic inflammation and heart disease (and hair loss) can all have a detrimental effect on your life, so what can you eat instead?
Eat it instead
Foods rich in “healthy” fats and other essential vitamins can help you retain hair follicles, thus preventing hair loss. Avocados (poster child of “healthy fats”), grilled chicken, greens, legumes and nuts are great sources of hair-preserving compounds.
Here is an incomplete list of foods that can help thin the hair and slow down the loss process.
- Greek yogurt
- Fish, such as salmon or mackerel
- Sweet potatoes
- Almond butter
- Brazil nuts
- Chia seeds
- Flax seeds
- Sweet pepper
Of course, hair should not fall out while eating certain foods in other categories from time to time. It’s all about a balanced diet. But, we acknowledge that many factors go into eating a balanced diet. Some people do not have access to nutritious food. It is beneficial to add what you can when you can. Promoting vegetables and starting a small pot garden can be a way to get some extra vegetables.