“What You Eat Affects How You Think”
Does eating sugar make you stupid? A new animal study suggests it might: “A UCLA study with rats is the first to show how a diet steadily high in fructose slows the brain, hampering memory and learning—and how omega-3 fatty acids can counteract the disruption. The peer-reviewed Journal of Physiology publishes the findings in its May 15 edition. ‘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. But adding omega-3 fatty acids to your meals can help minimize the damage.’ While earlier research has revealed how fructose harms the body through its role in diabetes, obesity and fatty liver, this study is the first to uncover how the sweetener influences the brain”: http://bit.ly/JlYL7h.
This study focused particularly on high-fructose corn syrup—the cheap sweetener that seems to be everywhere in the American diet. In addition to making us fat, it may be lowering the nation’s IQ. Time for a tax on junk food?