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Alzheimer’s Linked to High Trans Fat Consumption

January 10, 2012

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From obesity to hypertension and even heart attacks, trans-fats have developed quite the reputation for causing body-deteriorating conditions.  And now, a new disease is being added to the list: Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s disease, also known as senile dementia, is essentially the loss of brain function that gradually gets worse over time. Its devastating effects destroy memory, thinking, and behavior.  According to a new study, people with high levels of trans fat in their diets showed poorer memory, attention, and language and processing skills compared to those in the study who did not consume trans fats.

While the research is still relatively new, it could mean that trans fats, commonly found in fast food, not only cause inflammation of the arteries, affect heart function, and increase the risk of heart attack, but could also be detrimental to our brains.

On a more positive note, according to The Canadian National Newspaper, the study also found that “people who consumed diets high in vitamins B, C, D and E and rich in omega fatty acids were reported to have larger brains and showed cognitive abilities that correspond with the brain and its healthy blood vessels.”

Hopefully, as this research continues to become more concrete, people will think twice before ordering a Big Mac and opt for salmon and fresh fruit instead!