You may have heard that New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg has been pushing for a ban on the sale of sugary drinks over 16oz in the Big Apple. Although the City’s primary concern may be rising obesity, especially among children in New York, science warns us of a whole new set of problems that can result from the frequent consumption of sugary drinks.
A new UCLA research study shows that high-fructose diets can hinder learning and memory performance [published in the Journal of Physiology, May 15, 2012]. According to UCLA’s Fernando Gomez-Pinilla from the David Geffen School of Medicine, “eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters your brains ability to learn and remember information.”
Prior research has demonstrated fructose’s negative impact on the body through its role in diabetes and influence on obesity. Professor Gomez-Pinilla and his team have successfully uncovered its effects on the brain through their study, which was conducted on laboratory rats.
In our culture, a sugary diet is linked to our intake of high-fructose corn syrup, which is commonly added to condiments, baby food, sodas, other soft drinks, and processed foods. According to the US Department of Agriculture, the average American consumes more than 40 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup each year.
Fortunately, adding omega-3 fatty acids to your meals can help minimize the damage from a sugary diet. The counteracting fatty acids are most commonly taken in through eating fish, like Salmon and Halibut, and also different types of nuts, like Pecans and Hazel nuts.
Adapted from Jonathan Kantrowitz’s Health News Report: “Sugar Makes You Stupid.”