Sugar Can Make You Dumb, US Scientists Warn
Washington- There was a study published Tuesday that suggests eating too much sugar can reduce your brain power. The study was performed at the University of Los Angeles California and involved two groups of rats. Both of the rats were fed high-fructose corn syrup for six weeks. One of the groups were supplemented with omega 3 fatty acids, while the other group did not get a supplement.
Before the study was carried out, the rats were enrolled in a training course in a difficult maze. After the experiment was completed, the rats were put back into the maze. Fernando Gomez-Pilla, who is a professor of medicine at the University of Los Angeles California, stated that the rats who were not given any omega 3 fatty acids were slower. He also found that their brains showed a decrease in synaptic activity. This means that the rats’ brain cells had trouble sending signals, which made it more difficult for the rats to think clearly and recall information.
Dr. Gomez-Pilla also found that the rats that were not given an omega 3 fatty acid supplement were starting to become insulin resistant. Insulin is the hormone that is responsible for regulating blood sugar. Dr. Gomez-Pilla believes that insulin may also play an important role in the brain. It seems that this hormone may disrupt learning and memory.
Dr. Gomez-Pilla also stated that high-fructose corn syrup damages the brain and the body. High-fructose corn syrup is an additive found in processed foods, baby food, sodas, condiments and apple sauce. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has found that the average person in America consumes over 40 pounds or 18 kilograms of high-fructose corn syrup every year.
However, it is important to note that the effects of high-fructose corn syrup on the brain have not yet been studied. Researchers do believe that the findings of the study suggest that the metabolic syndrome can also have a negative effect on the mind.
Dr. Gomez- Pilla concluded by saying that everything that you consume will have a direct effect on your mind and the way that you think. If you eat a lot of foods that contain high-fructose corn syrup, you could be altering your brain’s ability to process information. You can minimize this damage by adding an omega 3 fatty acid supplement to your diet. More information about the results of this study can be found in the Journal of Physiology.