It sounds like something out of a Sci-Fi movie. Some malicious scientist tampers with the nation’s food supply. They unleash a series of food products that secretly shrink people’s brains and make everyone stupid.
Except that this story is not fiction — some food products are, in the narrow sense, making us dumber. This is not a new discovery. A few decades back, some scientists came to discover that injecting hydrogen into vegetable oil would transform it from liquid to solid – and even keep it that way at room temperature.
This is especially the case with new forms of fat, or trans fats as they’re widely known. Once they’re inside the body, they become solid. Consequently, they’ll jam up all arteries, including those connected to your brains, thus hampering your thinking capacity.
In other words, they make you dumb. The same studies also go on to show that those with trans fats in their bloodstream tend to have the worst cognitive performance — and shrunken brains – than those with lesser amounts of these fats.
Backing this up is a new study by PLOS (Link”: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0128129), which went on to add that trans fats also impair the memory.
That explains why the FDA went on to ban trans fats.
However, this is only one example of foods that have been tested and found to contribute to your overall mental decline.
We’ve singled out seven such foods that we’d like you to read through and consider striking them off your daily menu to avoid harming your delicate dendrites, as you work on keeping your brains both young and sharp.
Before you think about getting smart, you have to first get smart with what you allow to enter into your mouth – and it begins by banishing the following list of dumber foods.
Grab a can of popcorns, and let’s get dumb. If you thought that statement was made in reference to movies and TV (which also make us less smart), then you were wrong.
Take the statement literally and throw the popcorns away. Many of the popcorn brands you know line their bags with PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) – the same chemical lining up Teflon pans and pots.
Now, some studies link PFOA to infertility, weight gains, and impaired learning.
On the subject of learning, it gets even worse with butter-flavored popcorns, most of which come laced up with diacetyl, which breaks down the cell layer tasked with the role of protecting your brain.
It goes without mentioning that some popcorn brands have been found to have trans fats. Examples include Pop Secret, which carries up to 5 grams of trans fats.
It’s time you went slow on fast food or took a break altogether. It turns out; they aren’t helping you that much – apart from making you gain unnecessary weight and, of course, dumber.
Different studies are in harmony with the fact that fast food makes kids less intelligent.
In support of this claim, a study was conducted in Australia that sought to examine children’s diets and how it affected them as they grew. The study examined kids while they were at the age of six, and then 15 months, and then two years, and finally when they were eight years old.
The kids that ate fast food mostly recorded two IQ points lower compared to their counterparts who didn’t.
Two IQ points might not sound like something of a major concern. But imagine a situation where you’re big on junk food. You eat them for breakfast, lunch, and supper. Your IQ will drop, and it won’t be by just 2 IQs lower, but several counts.
Sodas with Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO)
Ever wondered why the toxic flame-retardant BVO is banned in Europe and Japan?
Originally, BVO was meant to make plastics flame-retardant. But things changed along the way, and beverage manufacturers figured out BVO could also help them keep the flavoring in their fizzy beverages intact.
While BVO isn’t deemed harmful when consumed in small amounts, they tend to build up in the body with time – and, as a result, trigger hormonal imbalances, nerve disorders, skin breakouts, and memory loss.
Coca Cola and Pepsi made an official statement that they were working to remove BVO from their products completely. However, many of the artificial beverages found on the market have been found to still contain BVO.
Butter and Red Meat
Any diet with high amounts of saturated fats will hurt your brain function. Confirming this claim is Harvard Research center, which tested the brain function of 6, 000 people for a period spanning four years.
It’s then that they found that people who consumed high amounts of saturated fats had lower scores on their brain function and memory tests.
Those who ate monosaturated fats, on the other hand, registered higher scores.
This is not to say that you should completely shun out these products. Instead, opt for not non-fat versions of animal products, including milk, cheese, and yogurt. You should also avoid any form of processed meat, such as bacon and lean stake cuts.
Vegetables such as legumes and soy can also be a good source of proteins – a perfect alternative to eating red meat.
Too Much Salt
Too much salt is harmful to your health – and it’s not just about goiter.
Salt has also been found to contribute to a wide range of physical ailments and a series of vascular problems. But the least known effect is that it triggers dementia as one gets older.
The dementia effect is tied down to how it affects the cardiovascular system. Come to think of it; your brain tends to function optimally when the flow of blood in-and-out of your brain system isn’t interfered with.
That’s to say, when too much salt interferes with your cardiovascular system, also affected is your brain function.
Even worse, it’s been found that you cannot counteract the effect by just working out. However, exercising can reduce the impact by keeping your cardiovascular system in check.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Eating food with high fructose will eventually interfere with the way your brain stores and retrieves memories.
This has been tested on rats and found to be true. Rats that were fed on a high fructose diet were found to incur problems in learning or remembering things as opposed to rats that consumed less fructose.
High fructose is a common ingredient in the majority of processed food. It’s used to sweeten things. So, expect to find it in biscuits, soda, energy drinks, candy, and cookies.
It’s also a common ingredient in ketchup, salad dressings, BBQ sauce, and so on.
Here’s the point: if you have a habit of consuming sugar or have been doing so in the past, the least you could do is take an Omega-3 supplement to allay the effects. This has been found to mitigate some of the problems that fructose causes to the brain.