5 Foods That Age Your Brain and Kill Memory

We truly are what we eat. Poor food choices affect more than our weight and cholesterol levels; it can cause us to wrinkle and age prematurely and steel our memory. Lifestyle factors have a large role in developing dementia. Foods high in saturated fat such as four-legged animal fat (all that tasty BBQ) and two-legged animal skin (poultry) along with oils such as palm and coconut (depending on process), coupled with little physical activity, are certainly big contributors in memory problems as well as wrinkles, organ decay and heat attacks.

Eating what is considered a “Low” diet, which is a diet low in saturated fat (less than 7 percent of the diet) with fewer simple carbs (glycemic index less than 55), improves or makes levels of three important markers for a healthier you.

In a study using High Diet in one group (diet high in saturated fat and simple carbs), and Low Diet (low saturated fats and simple carbs) in the second group, it was found that after just one mount of the Low Diet, “visual memory” improved for healthy adults and adults with cognitive impairment. This was a small study, but the implications have a big promise for your enjoyment of life and brain functioning!

Now, you do not need to totally eliminate these nasty foods from your diet, however, you do need to be aware of how much of them you are ingesting and limited them.

1)   Trans Fat
Look out for partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. Trans fat alters metabolic processes and hardens your arteries. This one you can seriously consider eliminating from your diet, nothing good about it.

2)   Saturated Fat
Leads to build up of fatty tissue on the inner lining of your arteries and turns on inflammatory genes. How much to have? No more than 4 grams per hour.

3)   Added Sugar
Excess sugar can cause the proteins in your body to function improperly, aging your arterial system. How much to have?  Main dishes and desserts should contain no more than 4 grams of added sugar per serving. Side dishes should contain no more than 2 grams of added sugars per serving. Total should be less than 4 grams added sugar per hour.

4)   Syrups
All syrups. Not just that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), the man made sugar that does the same things as sugar, all syrups, like all added sugars increase the risk of dysfunctional proteins, obesity and metabolic syndrome. Be wary of maple and malt syrups, as well. How much to have? Stay away! In total, you want to keep your added sugar count to less that 24 grams, or 6 teaspoons per day, and less than (when combined with added sugars) 4 grams of added sugar an hour.

5)   Any Grain But 100 Percent Whole Grain
Whole grans contain a lot of fiber, which helps prevent arterial aging. Anytime you can swap simple carbohydrates for complex carbohydrates with 100-percent whole grain, go ahead! How much to have? Be sensible.

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