As a recent study got unveiled, we learn what damage western diets can produce. Researchers discovered that after seven days on a high added sugar diet, and high fat, the participants only in their 20s hit worse on memory evaluations. They also found junk food extremely good immediately after they ate a meal, and their desire to eat more increased.
The study indicates that a western diet points to a disconnection in a brain area dubbed the hippocampus as the most likely cause. “This will make it harder to resist, leading you to eat more, which in turn generates more damages to the hippocampus and a vicious cycle of overeating,” detailed Richard Stevenson from Macquarie University in Sydney.
Other studies in animals have displayed that junk food damages a lot the hippocampus, a brain area that centers on appetite control and memory. We still don’t know why for sure, but one thought is that that area usually weakens and limits memories about food when we’re full.
Western Diet and Brain Damage
To examine how the western diet affects people, the researchers gathered 110 healthy students, ages between 20 to 23, who usually ate a healthy diet. Half of them were casually appointed to a control team who ate their usual diet for a week. As for the other half, participants were exposed to a high energy western-style diet, which got a large intake of fast food and Belgian waffles. The groups had done word memory tests before and after the meal.
“The more desirable people find the palatable food when full, following the western-style diet, the more impaired they were on the test of hippocampal function,” added Stevenson.
The discovery indicates that interruption of the hippocampus might stimulate both. After a long period of eating a western-style diet, people are more prone to develop diabetes and obesity, both of which have been related to droppings in brain performance and the danger of developing dementia.