High Fat, Sugar Diet Causes Loss of Cognitive Function

  • Posted on: 7 July 2015
  • By: Shalini.Sharma

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A diet high in fat and sugar causes changes in gut bacteria, lead to significant loss of cognitive function compared to normal diet. The research is published in Journal Neuroscience.

In the research conducted by the Oregon State University, it was concluded that such a diet reduces a person's power to adapt and adjust to changing situations. Bacteria can release compounds that act as neurotransmitters which stimulate sensory nerves or the immune system and affect a wide range of biological functions. The study was done with young animals which ordinarily would have a healthier biological system.

Western diet or foods that are high in fat, sugars and simple carbohydrates, has been linked to a range of chronic illnesses including the obesity epidemic and an increased incidence of Alzheimer's disease.  The researcher added that this work suggests that fat and sugar alters a person's healthy bacterial systems and that's one of the reasons why such products should not be consumed.

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