Memory loss with trans fat

Memory loss with trans fat

It has been linked to weight gain, artery issues and aggression. Now add memory loss to the list of trans fat transgressions.

If you cannot remember where you left your phone or if you turned off the air-con before leaving the house, then it is time to cut down on those doughnuts.

The more trans fat you consume, the less you remember.

So says a new study, which looked at the diets of about 1,000 healthy working-age men.

Subjects were asked to play a memory game, where they were shown 104 cards with words on them. They simply had to say which words were repeated.

Those who ate the most trans fat remembered a total of about 10 per cent fewer words, compared with those who ate the least.

It is not the first fat-related memory study. One in 2012 on women who ate all types of fat, also found memory issues in those with fattier diets.


This article was first published on Dec 7, 2014.
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