Trans Fat Consumption Bad for Your Memory, Health


Trans fats could be bad for your memory as well as bad for your health.

Trans fats are used to give food a longer shelf life. Just as chocolate can be good for your brain and memory by helping your cells with anti-oxidants, researchers found that trans fats have the opposite effect.

They can cause stress and inflammation in your brain cells, including the area that deals with your memory.

“Trans fat consumption has been linked to higher body weight, more aggression, and heart disease,” the study’s lead author, Dr. Beatrice A. Golomb, said. “As I tell patients, while trans fats increase the shelf life of foods, they reduce the shelf life of people.”

The researchers found that each additional gram a day of trans fats consumed was associated with an estimated 0.76 fewer words correctly recalled.

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