Bad news for those who love processed and fast food, such as hamburgers and french fries or sausages! This type of food significantly increases the risk of Alzheimer’s.
Since there is no treatment method, studies on Alzheimer’s, one of the feared diseases of the age, continue. Finally, scientists at the University of São Paulo tracked 10,000 people for a decade and found that those who consumed more processed foods experienced 28 percent more cognitive decline than those who ate almost nothing .
Scientists have reached a new conclusion in their research on Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at the University of Sao Paulo found that eating a hamburger and fries or two sausages a day may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Results of the giant survey
Brazilian researchers who followed 10,000 people for ten years found that those who ate a quarter of their calories from soft drinks and processed foods had 28 percent greater cognitive decline. Experts people; They urged more regular consumption of unprocessed foods such as grains, vegetables and fish.
High sugar, salt and fat invite Alzheimer’s disease!
About 58 per cent of the average American diet is processed food, while in Canada it goes up to 48 per cent.
Experts said that the high content of sugar, salt and fat in processed foods causes faster cognitive decline because it increases inflammation.
In the study, presented at the 2022 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in San Diego, California, scientists described their research, which followed 10,000 people from 2008 to 2019.
SHOCKING RESULTS: THEY EXPERIENCED A 28 PERCENT FASTER COGNITIVE DECLINE
In the study, which included men and women equally, the subjects were on average 51 years old. These study participants consumed an average of 785 calories per day from processed foods. Each participant filled out a questionnaire about their dietary intake at the beginning and end of the study. He also took tests of word recognition and verbal fluency to measure changes in his cognition.
The results showed that those who consumed the most processed foods had cognitive decline 28 percent faster than others. It also turned out that there was a 25 percent faster loss of function in the area of the brain involved in decision-making and information processing.
The study noted that those who consumed more processed foods were more likely to be young, female, white, have higher levels of education and have never smoked.
Don’t say “I don’t have time”, make your own food
Dr Natalia Goncalves, a pathologist at the University of Sao Paulo who led the study, said processed foods accelerate cognitive decline because they are packed with sugar, fat and salts.
Dr. Rudy Tanzi of Harvard Medical School told CNN. “All of this promotes systemic inflammation, perhaps the biggest threat to healthy aging in the body and brain,” he said.
Dr Claudia Suemoto, who took part in the study, says the diet in Brazil is not much different from western countries.
“People need to know that they need to cook more and prepare their own meals from scratch. ‘ I hear it say, ‘We don’t have time,’ but it doesn’t actually last that long. And it’s worth it because you’ll protect your heart and protect your brain from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.”