A study that followed over 10,000 Brazilians for up to 10 years showed that consuming foods like hot dogs and soda for more than 20% of a daily dietary intake can increase a person’s overall cognitive decline. The results of the study were presented Monday at the Alzheimer’s Association 2022 International Conference in San Diego.
“In Brazil, ultra-processed foods account for 25% to 30% of total caloric intake. We have McDonald’s, Burger King and we eat a lot of chocolate and white bread. Unfortunately, that’s not much different than in many other western countries.”, said co-author Dr. Claudia Suemoto, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geriatrics at the University of Sao Paulo Faculty of Medicine.
Signs of cognitive decline can include forgetting dates, conversations, and events. It can also include feeling overwhelmed with decision making or not understanding instructions.
“People who ate more than 20% of their daily calories from processed foods had a 28% faster decline in global cognition and a 25% faster decline in executive function compared to people who ate less than 20% said study co-author Natalia Goncalves, a researcher in the Department of Pathology at the University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine.
Eating processed foods is known to be linked to several other health risks, including an increased risk of cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Processed foods also lack nutritional value, according to the Laborers Health & Safety Fund of North America.
Half of the participants in the study were white women with college degrees and the median age was 51 years. The study also found that the people who ate the most processed foods were “more likely to be younger, female, white, have higher education and income, and they are more likely never to have smoked and are less likely to be current alcohol users.” .”
Researchers found that preparing your own food from whole ingredients is the best way to avoid future health problems, including cognitive decline.
https://www.ibtimes.com.au/ultra-processed-food-can-do-damage-your-cognitive-ability-study-says-1836584?utm_source=Public&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=Distribution Study says ultra-processed foods can damage your cognitive abilities