Why Junk Food is Bad for Your Memory

A new study shows that people who eat more junk food remember much worse. That’s according to scientists to do with trans fats, which have a negative impact on your memory.

That junk food is bad for your health, we already knew. However, a new study shows that it not only affects your figure but also your memory. That is the conclusion from the researchers of the University of California at San Diego.

Trans fats are used to improve the taste, texture and shelf life of food. They are closely linked with an increased risk of heart disease is old news. Now it seems that they would be responsible for memory problems in men aged 45 and younger.

“Trans fats are strongly linked to poorer memory among men in their most productive years,” said researcher Beatrice Golomb. “I tell my patients therefore always that trans fats extend the shelf life of food, but shorten that of people.”

The survey covered over 1,000 men and women who were asked to complete a questionnaire about their eating habits, and then do a memory test that revolved around memorizing words. On average, men were 45 and younger 86 words memorize the test. However, for each additional gram of trans fat which they consumed in one day, their memory deteriorated, on the speed of a statistical 0.76 words per gram.

A similar result was not achieved in women, although the researchers put it right a little side note. “It points out, in no case that women are better against trans fats than men. On our investigation took namely significantly fewer women in the same age category part.”