College students cramming between midterms and finals– Binging on soda and sweets for as little as six weeks may make you stupid.A new UCLA rat study is the first to show how a diet steadily high in fructose slows the brain, hampering memory and learning. It also found that omega-3 fatty acids can counteract the disruption.
This report was published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Physiology in May 15 edition.”Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think,” said Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery at UCLA.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.
Study does not refer to naturally occurring fructose in fruits, which also contain important antioxidants. It’s about high-fructose corn syrup that is added to manufacture food products as a sweetener and preservative.Eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters brain’s ability to learn and remember information. But adding omega-3 fatty acids to meals can help minimize the damage.