It is common knowledge that sugar isn’t all that good for you. It can lead to weight gain, hyper activity or even worse like diabetes. But now a recent study published in the journal Appetite has reported that consuming high amounts of sugar can lead to cognitive dysfunction.
This is similar to the idea of a sugar high, where someone acts erratically. Here are the three main damaging effects of sugar on the brain:
1) Damages short term memory
Research from the Wake Forest School of Medicine found that people who ate meals that were high in sugar and saturated fats performed worse on memory tests than those who ate normally. In addition, another study published in the Brain, Behaviour and Immunity journal reported that even one week of high sugar consumption can impair memory.
2) Hurts Long term memory
Neuropathologist at Brown University, Suzanne de La Monte, M.D., M.P.H., created the term ‘type 3 diabetes’ to explain the effects on the brain when one consumes a lot of sugar. The research shows that that eating too much sugar can lead to insulin resistance in the brain. This resistance can result in neuro-degeneration, or in simple terms it degrade the brain. This means that the risk for neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, increases. That’s pretty intense for some crystals of sweetness, so make a note to eat less!
3) It increases cravings
So if you’re trying to start a diet and find it hard to control your cravings, as you’re constantly thinking about having a sweet snack you can blame sugar. According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical nutrition in 2013, sugar is linked to the reward centre in your brain, and increases junk food cravings. It’s a vicious cycle where you eat sugar and then crave more sugar.
Take some steps to reduce your sugar intake, for your own good.