In addition to the high-fructose corn syrup, one group was also fed omega-3 fatty acids in the form of flaxseed and DHA. The rats were tested in their ability to negotiate a maze before and after six weeks of the high-fructose diet. The group that was not given omega-3 and DHA did worse in the testing. It is theorized that because high-fructose corn syrup affects insulin levels, the hormone may signal neurons to trigger a reaction that disrupts learning and may cause memory loss.
The average American consumes more than 40 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup per year, according to the USDA.
Fernando Gomez-Pinella, professor of neurosurgery at the UCLA medical school, who did the study states, “Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think.” He also stated that, “Eating a high fructose corn syrup 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.”
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