Highly processed foods are filled with questionable synthetic and industrialized additives that have been linked in scientific studies with a variety of serious health problems. Now new scientific research results indicate that eating a diet of highly processed foods may be harmful to memory–especially as we age. Just four weeks on a diet of highly processed food led to a strong inflammatory response in the brains of aging rats that was accompanied by behavioral signs of memory loss, the new study has found.
The research team randomly assigned 3-month-old and 24-month-old male rats to their normal chow (32% calories from protein, 54% from wheat-based complex carbs and 14% from fat), a highly processed diet (19.6% of calories from protein, 63.3% from refined carbs — cornstarch, maltodextrin and sucrose — and 17.1% from fat), or the same processed diet supplemented with DHA.
The study diet mimicked ready-to-eat human…
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