We’ve heard all about the evils of high fructose corn syrup
(HFCS). It’s bad for your waistline, bad for your insides and now, researchers
report, it’s bad for your brain, too.
Forbes.com reports that an experiment conducted by UCLA
scientists showed that giving rats a fructose solution in place of regular
drinking water were much slower at completing a maze than mice that didn’t
consume the fructose. The fructose interfered with the brain cells’ ability to
“talk” to one another, meaning that they couldn’t think quickly or clearly.
HFCS could cause your memory and
recall abilities to tank, too, just like the rats’. Yikes!
But there is good
news. The scientists also gave one group of rats a diet rich on omega-3 fatty
acids. These rats found their way through the maze quickly. The researchers
have also concluded that an omega-3-heavy diet can counteract the mind-numbing
effects of a diet high in HFCS.
Your best bet for pre-finals food? Cut out the highly
processed, packaged goodies and munch on all-natural sweets instead, like fresh
BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 5/29/2012 5:56:00 PM
POSTED IN healthy eating 101, how to cut out junk food, nutrition, ace final exams