Too much sugar is bad for you, but new research shows that there are other types of food that can also negatively effect your brain functions. Researchers found that meals that center around high fructose do not lead to a productive day.
Recently in a study using animals, UCLA researchers found that rats that had been given a fructose solution had a difficult time navigating the maze. These rats also showed signs of memory loss and slow learning. Other rats who were given omega-3 fatty acids in addition to the fructose solution had a much easier time navigating the maze and showed signs of healthier brain functions.
It is suspected that the fructose-only diet affected insulin’s ability to help brain cells use the sugar to process things like thoughts and emotions. Some omega-3 fatty acids seemed to protect the brain from the effects of fructose.Flax seeds, walnuts, salmon and soy beans are good foods that are rich in omega-3s that could help you have more productive days.
Sugar isn’t the only thing that is messing with your brain. New Harvard research published in Annals of Neurology shows that saturated fats like red meat and butter can effect brain function. There are better saturated fats out there, like yogurt milk and cheese that are low or non-fat . In 2011 a british study showed that eating a lot of junk food actually lowered the IQ of children on that diet. Low carb diets also cause issues with cognitive skills in women. It turns out that chewing gum can get in the way of one’s cognitive skills, affecting their short-term memory.