Saturday, August 20, 2022

Study: Sugar Is Worse For Your Brain Than Marijuana

Last year wasn’t only a bad one in terms of our collective mental health, it was also a bad year for healthful eating. According to the US Department of Agriculture, Americans consumed 11 million tons of sugar, with most of that coming from sports drinks, juice and soda.

A recent research from the University of Boston claims that consuming sugar in large quantitiesĀ can damage the brain and its functioning. These recent statistics show some scary results where people who consume the most sugar have poorer memory, smaller brain volume and a smaller hippocampus – the area of the brain responsible for memory and learning.

Sugar isnā€™t the only problem scientists discovered; they also found that people who drankĀ diet sodas were at a much higher risk of developing a stroke or dementia. TheyĀ were quick to point outĀ that these findings donā€™t imply cause and effect, simply a correlation, which is a fancy way of saying that at the moment, diet soda canā€™t be blamed for these symptoms and diseases.

Historically, consuming large amounts of sugar has been linked with a plethora of health problems, includingĀ metabolicĀ and cardiovascular diseases like obesity, heart failure and type 2 diabetes. Sugar’s effects on the brain are arecent discovery that add another warning bell to theĀ ingredient. Maybe we should all start drinking more water?

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