Now, a new study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014 has found a link between trans fat and memory impairment.
Researchers looked at the eating habits of 1000 healthy men above the age of 20, and postmenopausal women to determine the effect trans fat has on memory.
Participants completed a dietary questionnaire and their memories were tested using word cards. Each participant was asked to state whether the word was new or a duplicate word that had already been presented.
Researchers found men under 45 had a reduced ability to be able to recall words, with those who consumed the highest amounts of trans fats remembering an estimated 11 fewer words. Further studies need to be conducted for women.
Lead author and professor of medicine at the University of California-San Diego Beatrice Golomb said: “Trans fats were most strongly linked to worse memory, in young and middle-aged men, during their working and career-building years.”
“From a health standpoint, trans fat consumption has been linked to higher body weight, more aggression and heart disease. As I tell patients, while trans fats increase the shelf life of foods, they reduce the shelf life of people.”
While, Time said “a study like this can’t prove cause and effect” to show why trans fataffect the memory, Golomb believes it may contribute to oxidative stress, a cell-damaging process associated with heart disease and cancer.
“Foods have different effects on oxidative stress and cell energy,” Golomb said.
“In a previous study, we found chocolate, which is rich in antioxidants and positively impacts cell energy, is linked to better word memory in young to middle-aged adults. In this study, we looked at whether trans fats, which are pro-oxidant and linked adversely to cell energy, might show the opposite effect. And they did.”
President of the American College of Cardiology Dr Patrick O’Gara told USA Today, “The study adds to the growing evidence that what we eat affects how we think.
“The supply of nutrients in blood to the brain can actually affect its function,” O’Gara said.
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