Refined sugar, syrups and simple carbs increase the risk of metabolic syndrome.
According to the US Department of Agriculture,Americans on averageeat 47 pounds of cane sugar and 35 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup annually. High-fructose syrups are an inexpensive way to sweeten such processed foods as: soft drinks, condiments, applesauce and baby food.
A UCLA lab study showed that a diet high in fructose slowed down cognitive functions, hampered memory and retarded learning. Lab animals fed a diet high in fructose for six weeks had trouble signaling each other. Their ability to think was disrupted. They had difficulty recalling things they had learned before being fed the high fructose diet.
Sugar, syrups and simple carbs have a high GI. They release glucose very quickly. This causes spikes in blood sugar and cognition. Consuming carbohydrate foods with a lower GI means eliminates peaks and spikes which controls and maintains brain cells.
4. Junk Food
A report published inNeurology magazine showed that a diet high in trans fat might actually shrink the brain. This is linked to lower brain function. Alzheimer’s sufferers have a reduced brain volume compared to healthy individuals.
A diet high in junk food is ultra-high in trans fats.
5. Food Additives
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is frequently used in processed foods to enhance the flavor. MSG is an excitotoxin, a neurotoxic chemical additive that has been found to harm nerve cells.
MSG overexcites or over-stimulates nerve cells, actually killing them. This can result in serious neurological disorders and mental cognition difficulties. MSG is routinely found in: salad dressing, low-fat yogurt, frozen dinners, condensed canned soups, canned meats, potato chips and flavored crackers like: Wheat Thins, Triscuits and Cheez-its.