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Food For The Brain

Food For The BrainHave you ever wondered why you experience a “food coma” after certain foods you eat? Have you ever felt really energized? Have you ever felt de-energised or sluggish an hour or so after treating yourself to a chocolate bar or something sweet like a soda drink? Have you noticed that sometimes caffeine has little or no effect on your state of mind at certain times during the day? [Read more…]

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Ways To Focus On The Good Fats

It would appear that eating ‘good’ fats and not eating the ‘bad’ fats, is not only important in fat control (and your health in general), but has recently been reported to be necessary for cognitive reasons and brain health.  Here are some ways to focus on the good fats, written by Amanda L. Chan for the Huffington Post.  She explains how a study of 6,000 women, published by the Annals of Neurology (had to be careful with the spelling there), found that women who consumer ‘good’ fats performed better than those who consumed ‘bad’ fats.  Whether you’re a woman, or not, this is an important read.

Ways To Focus On The Good Fats

Bad fats

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Meanwhile, women who consumed the most “good” fats scored better on cognitive tests during the study.

Saturated fats are commonly found in animal products, like butter and red meat, while monounsaturated fats are found in olive oil, among other foods.

“When looking at changes in cognitive function, what we found is that the total amount of fat intake did not really matter, but the type of fat did,” study researcher Dr. Olivia Okereke, M.D., of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Psychiatry, said in a statement.

The study, published in the journal Annals of Neurology, included data from 6,000 women who were part of the Women’s Health Study. These women, who were all age 45 and older, participated in a cognitive functioning test every two years over a four-year period, and also completed food questionnaires at the start of the study.

“Our findings have significant public health implications,” Okereke said in the statement. “Substituting in the good fat in place of the bad fat is a fairly simple dietary modification that could help prevent decline in memory.”

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I think the last line of these ways to focus on the good fats says it all.  It’s not even worth arguing nor taking a change with.  Trans fats are pure evil, and so are hydrogenated oils which are found in most processed foods, vegetable oils and margarine.  I can’t actually understand why there is not more education out there on nutrition, nor why our governments don’t heavily tax such foods.  In fact, nutrition should be an imperative course in schools and colleges in my opinion as we really are what we eat.  Maybe we could then put an end to this obesity epidemic and protect the brains and health of our future children.  Did I go off on one here? What do you think? Share your comments below!

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