We already know that Trans fat are bad for our heart and waistlines. However, there is worse news, Trans fat also impairs our ability to remember.
A recent study conducted by University of California scientists put 1000 healthy males to test in a word memory quiz. The results was surprising, those who ate a lot of trans fat found in frozen food, processed fare and deep fried foods fared poorly in the Quiz test. The link existed even after taking into account other factors like age, education, ethnicity and mental health.
The study revealed that for every gram of dietary Trans fatty acids intake per day was related with 0.76 fewer words recalled, or 11 fewer words with the highest intake vs. none from a mean of 86 words.
Studies have proved beyond reasonable doubt that Trans fat consumption led to a higher incidences of cardiovascular diseases and obesity. Trans fat consumption has also been related to aggressive behavior in some studies.
Senior author Beatrice A. Golomb, MD, PhD, professor of medicine at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) says, “Our findings also support an association between higher trans fat consumption and worse memory performance in young adults, that is, those under age 45 who are in key career-building years.”
Dr. Beatrice Golomb added, “Trans fat were most strongly linked to worse memory, in young and middle-aged men, during their working and career-building years. Trans fat were most strongly linked to worse memory, in young and middle-aged men, during their working and career-building years.”
Researchers have also indicted Trans fats for increasing free radicals in the body. Free Radicals have been attributed to cause cardiovascular ailments like atherosclerosis and cancer. Trans fat are found in large quantities in packaged baked goods, some shortenings and margarines, and fast food like frozen food, processed fare and deep fried foods
The results of the study was placed at the American Heart Association (AHA) 2014 Scientific Sessions by study lead author Alexis K. Bui, MS.