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This is your brain on sugar: Study in rats shows high-fructose diet sabotages learning, memory

ScienceDaily (May 15, 2012) -- Attention, college students cramming between midterms and finals: Binging on soda and sweets for as little as six weeks may make you stupid.

A new UCLA rat study is the first to show how a diet steadily high in fructose slows the brain, hampering memory and learning -- and how omega-3 fatty acids can counteract the disruption. The peer-reviewed Journal of Physiology publishes the findings in its May 15 edition.

"Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think," said Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a professor of integrative biology and physiology in the UCLA College of Letters and Science. "Eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters your brain's ability to learn and remember information. But adding omega-3 fatty acids to your meals can help minimize the damage."

While earlier research has revealed how fructose harms the body through its role in diabetes, obesity and fatty liver, this study is the first to uncover how the sweetener influences the brain.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed May 16th, 2012 at 03:54:44 PM EST
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Well-fed animals pay less attention. Duh.

Align culture with our nature.
by ormondotvos (ormond no spam lmi net no spam) on Wed May 16th, 2012 at 09:05:31 PM EST
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What does consuming high-fructose corn syrup have to do with being well-fed?
by Andhakari on Thu May 17th, 2012 at 01:39:29 AM EST
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Indeed. I tend to regard it more in the light of malnutrition.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Thu May 17th, 2012 at 05:23:28 AM EST
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Hemingway had an anecdote on that in one of his books. He would visit museums and art galleries in Paris on an empty stomach which in his words greatly enhanced his experience of the art work.

There's of course a threshold between hunger and, well, starvation.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Thu May 17th, 2012 at 01:40:56 AM EST
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Ergo, to enhance the intellectual output of ETer's, I'd suggest having their meet-ups in frosted woods early morning, perhaps barefoot, after a decent fasting, rather than those raucous brasseries.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Thu May 17th, 2012 at 06:17:29 AM EST
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Include me out!
by IM on Thu May 17th, 2012 at 06:20:10 AM EST
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Outclude me?

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu May 17th, 2012 at 06:26:32 AM EST
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I thought a reduced state of consciousness were more or less the point

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu May 17th, 2012 at 10:02:40 AM EST
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