Can eating a sugary and fatty diet affect your mind?

Sugar and fat diet
December 2, 2020

The extent of how your diet affects your body has been the subject of numerous studies throughout time. In light of this, there is a new study stating that eating a fatty, sugary diet can negatively affect your memory, attention, and mood in as little as four days.

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According to the study published in the journal The Lancet, even with a small frame of body, if you eat an unhealthy diet and avoid exercise you are still at risk of diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases. However, as stated above, memory, mood, and attention span are also affected in a much more acute measure of just four days.  This is according to a study published in the journal Neurology.

Another study mirroring the same results was conducted by the University of Oxford which shows that eating a high-fat diet for five days experienced impaired attention span, memory function, and mood swings as well.

This study is supported by another research finding from Macquarie University in Sydney in which participants who ate a sugary and fatty breakfast for four days showed similar cognitive problems as seen in people who are obese or overweight.

These studies show that in a short span of time the negative effects of a bad diet can set in can cause the same damage as those seen in eating bad foods in the long term.


Relation between body mass index and cognitive function in healthy middle-aged men and women

A high-fat diet impairs cardiac high-energy phosphate metabolism and cognitive function in healthy human subjects

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