Trans Fat May Hurt Your Memory

trans fatIf you feel that you have more trouble remembering things than you used to, you may want to think about what you are eating. A recent study presented at the American Heart Association conference showed that trans fat may hurt your memory.

The study looked at the diets of about 1,000 working age, healthy men. They were shown cards with words on them and with each card was asked if the word was new or repeated. After testing their blood, scientists discovered that the men that had a lot of trans fat in their system remembered fewer words than those without.

While it is still unclear what the direct connection between trans fat and memory is, some speculate that it may be that consuming large quantities of trans fat causes a kind of cell damage. According to the American Heart Association, Americans should eat no more than 2 grams of trans fat a day.

Put Down The Doughnut: Trans Fat May Hurt Your Memory|CNN Health

Sugary Drinks May Affects Children’s Memory

Sugary drinks like soda, juice, sports drinks and energy drinks may be doing more damage to your children’s teeth than just causing tooth decay and cavities. Some recent research has shown that it may actually be damaging their brains.

When child27288708-green-aluminum-can-isolated-on-a-white-backgroundren consume these sugary drinks throughout their lives, they may have poor memory function once they reach adulthood. The study was done with rats. Researchers fed adult and adolescent rats sweetened beverages and after only one month the adolescent rats memory was impaired.

So how much is too much sugar? The average American eats about 22 teaspoons of sugar each day.  With teenagers consuming 34 teaspoons.  Children’s sugar intake should be limited to 4 teaspoons a day and teens between 5-9 teaspoons.

The next time you think about allowing the soda, sports drinks or even juice for your young child, think again.  Consider an alternative.  The best thing your children can drink is water.

Sugary Drinks May Damage Children’s Brains So Badly It Affects Their Memory | Medical Daily