Day 45 - Your Brain on Sugar
An interesting study to come out of UCLA:
A new UCLA rat study 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.
It turns out, this study has found that rats that are fed a diet high in fructose have troubles with brain function and memory.
However, the study goes on to detail how they believe eating foods high in omega-3 fatty acids can have a reverse effect on the damage done to the brain caused by fructose. The rats that were also fed omega-3 fatty acids had better memory and cognitive function when compared to their fructose-only counterparts.
This is quite startling information to think about considering diets in Western society are becoming increasingly more and more filled with sugars and sugar substitutes, yet lower in foods rich in omega-3s.
I wonder if this is part of the equation when thinking about the future of the human race and how it could potentially be like that found in the movie Idiocracy...
Quote of the day:
"When you know what you want, and you want it badly enough, you'll find a way to get it."