According to a new study, artificial trans fats which are found in most processed food may have long term effects on memory.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration tried to ban trans fats from foods because of their effects on overall health.
The researchers who conducted the study said that it’s not very clear whether trans-unsaturated fatty acids, also known as trans fats, might affect memory by interfering with the nervous system, or affect it because it can lead to cardiovascular disease, which affects the brain as well.
On Tuesday, the FDA released an official statement saying that artificial trans fats found in processed foods are not safe for human health.
Following FDA’s statement, food manufactures must remove all hydrogenated oils from their products in the next three years.
Dr. Beatrice Alexandra Golomb, researcher at the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, said that FDA’s new initiative is an important step in the fight against unhealthy compounds found in processed foods.
Although some trans fats can be found in the milk and body fat of some animals, the primary source are processed foods.
Trans fats are used in order to extend a product’s shelf life.
Previous studies have linked trans fats with high cholesterol, resistance to insulin, poor metabolic function and cardiovascular disease.
Now, the new study links trans fats with memory problems as well.
Researchers detailed the findings of their new study in the journal PLOS One.
The scientists analyzed data collected from a larger study on statin drugs.
According to their study, men who were under the age of 45 and consumed processed foods with a higher content of trans fats had a poorer memory, compared to those who ate less processed foods.
Dr. Jennifer G Robinson, researcher at the Prevention Intervention Center at the University of Iowa, said that it’s no surprise that trans fats are very unhealthy. It can increase the risk of stroke, heart attack and death.
The good news is that according to an estimation made by the FDA, the consumption of trans fats in the US has decreased by almost 78% between 2003 and 2012.
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