Want smart workers in NEO? Consider "High-fat diet could harm the brain"

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 10/29/2004 - 10:01.

While not obviously ED related, it is worth considering the following
study linking high fat diets - especially those high in trans-fats - to
learning problems. My conclusion - stay far away from trans-fats, and
keep NEO kids trans-fat free, for the sake of a better learning
workforce for the future... and there is clearly opportunity for any
region and foods related business to lead and prosper from excelling in the healthy food sectors...

High-fat diet could harm the brain

17:53 27 October 04
NewScientist.com news service

A high-fat diet could harm the brain. And trans-fats, such as those found in
margarine, and which are often used to increase the shelf-life of foods, are
the worst culprits, suggests a new study.

Ann-Charlotte Granholm of the Medical University of South Carolina in
Charleston, US, says she became concerned about trans-fats after seeing how
they are made. Hydrogen is bubbled through an oil, and metals such as zinc and
copper are added to made it solid at room temperature. The resulting greyish
fat is then bleached and coloured to make it look more appealing, she says.

Zinc and copper are known to build up in the brain of people with
Alzheimer’s disease, she says, and there are signs that high fat diets could
contribute to the risk of this disease. “I became concerned about what these
fats were doing to our children, who are given French fries at school every


Granholm suggests preferentially eating natural foods, rather than
those with additives to increase shelf life. “A longer shelf-life may
make for a shorter life span for humans,� she cautions.

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