Fructose Impairs Learning, New Research Shows

Hello resized 600There has been a great deal of research connecting fructose consumption with diabetes, obesity and fatty livers, but now UCLA has published a new rat study which shows how a diet high in fructose slows our brains, and impairs memory and learning.

Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, 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, said “Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think. Eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters your brain’s ability to learn and remember information.” Gomez-Pinilla also said that adding omega-3 fatty acids to your diet can help minimize the damage.

Researchers are less concerned with the naturally occurring fructose which is found in fruits, and contain important antioxidants, but are much more concerned with high-fructose corn syrup, which can be found in a vast array of processed foods (including baby food) both as a sweetener and a preservative. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average American consumes roughly 35 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup per year (along with igh amounts of various other forms of processed sugars).

It is believed that eating too much fructose may block the body’s ability to regulate how our cells use and store sugar for energy, including how our brains use that energy to process thoughts and emotions.

To read the full story, visit The Science Daily.

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