Results from a new study are another bit of reinforcement of the calls for reducing high-fructose corn syrup in our diets.  A new study by researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles studied rats to find out that “a diet steadily high in fructose slows the brain, hampering memory and learning.”  This study was reviewed by peer researchers who published their findings in the May 15, 2012 edition of the Journal of Physiology.

They conclude that a diet that is high in high-fructose consumed over a long period of time “alters your brain’s ability to learn and remember information.”  The use of high-fructose corn syrup is pervasive in American diets.  We purchase much of it as high-fructose corn syrup—also called HFCS—ourselves without realizing it.  Reading labels is the key here.  “Healthy Grocery Shopping with Kids” on the WebMD website suggests that you teach your children to look at the ingredients to see if it includes HFCS.  Reduce other sugars by avoiding “glucose, cane syrup, dextrose, and syrup.” We also consume it unknowingly at many fast food restaurants.  Note some of these popular fast food items listed on the Food Facts website: http://www.foodfacts.info/high-fructose-corn-syrup.shtml

The report from the UCLA study also asserts that we can counteract the ill effects of HFCS by consuming omega-3 fatty acids in our diets.

Consuming too much high-fructose corn syrup can hamper your son’s learning and memory!

 

 

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