by Adeniyi Abdul
Our parents always warned us about too much sugar being bad but it’s unlikely even they knew just how harmful such foods could be. Researchers have found that foods high in fructose can lead to memory loss and slow learning.
Researchers at UCLA have carried out a rat study in which they found that rats that had been fed a fructose solution had a difficult time navigating the maze in which they were placed. “Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think,” said Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a professor of integrative biology and physiology in the UCLA College of Letters and Science. “Eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters your brain’s ability to learn and remember information. He however said omega-3 fatty acids could reduce the negative effects. “Adding omega-3 fatty acids to your meals can help minimize the damage.” he said.
“We’re less concerned about naturally occurring fructose in fruits, which also contain important antioxidants,” Gomez-Pinilla said. “We’re more concerned about the fructose in high-fructose corn syrup, which is added to manufactured food products as a sweetener and preservative.”
Harvard researchers have also found that the consumption of bad saturated fats can be harmful to brain function. According to the study published in the Annals of Neurology, researchers studied the eating habits and tested the brain function of 6,000 women for an average of four years, and found that women who ate the most saturated fat scored lower on tests of brain function and memory, while women who ate the most monounsaturated fats (found in foods like olive oil and avocado) had higher scores.