A new study found that a certain type of sugar isn’t so sweet to your brain---in fact, it can make you dumb and damage your memory, according to a University of California, Los Angeles news release.
In research conducted at UCLA, high fructose corn syrup was fed to lab rats for six weeks after the rodents were trained to find their way through a maze.
The rats that weren’t supplemented with omega-3, a brain boosting fatty acid, moved slowly.
Scientists say there was a decline synaptic activity, disrupting the rats’ ability to think clearly.
The high fructose corn syrup also made the rats resistant to insulin, which can disrupt learning and cause memory loss.
However, the substance, six times sweeter than cane sugar, is a pervasively common sweetener used in foods, drinks, condiments and even baby foods.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the average American is eating 40 pounds of the stuff each year.
Read UCLA's report here: http://bit.ly/JF7wrk
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