The results of recent research into the effects of high fructose corn syrup on brain function and memory have been very surprising. It has been long suggested that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which is six times sweeter than cane and other natural sugars, is a large contributor to insulin resistance and diabetes. What was not known is the negative effects it has on neurological functioning.
Did the Rats Run the Maze?
In a study from the University of California, researchers studied rats who had been fed a diet rich in high fructose corn syrup. At the start of the study they had the rats run a maze, helping them learn the maze by landmarks. Later in the study, after being fed a steady diet of HFCS food, the rats were put through the maze again. If the food did not affect them, they should have been able to easily remember the maze and zip right through it. Guess what? They ran slower and made many mistakes, suggesting their diet had affected their memory.
When researchers studied the brains of the rats, they discovered that insulin receptors had changed and become less effective. Brain cells had significantly lost the ability to communicate, negatively impacting the ability to think clearly, learn new information and recall stored memories.
The good news is that the study also found that eating foods rich in omega-3 fats, such as fish and nuts, reversed the impact of HFCS in braining functioning. There is no question that foods with HFCS can be very tasty and enjoyable, but do you really want your brain to suffer for your taste buds?
– The Alternative Daily