May 24, 2022, 7:00 p.m. | Medicine
Some foods are harmful to the human brain.
If you've never heard the name before, that doesn't mean you don't have anything to fear. Aspartame is one of the most common sugar substitutes, which is actively used in the production of diet products – low-calorie yogurts, desserts, carbonated drinks labeled sugar free, chewing gum, cough syrups and even some multivitamins. It is very sweet and contains almost no calories, which is why it is so loved by manufacturers for weight loss. However, aspartame can cause much more damage to the body than a few extra pounds. The substance increases the level of phenylalanine and aspartic acid — compounds that can suppress neurotransmitters, dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin — the main regulators of neurophysiological activity, Ukr.Media informs.
White flour products
In the production of white flour, the nutrient-rich bran and germ, which contain dietary fiber, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, and vitamin E, are removed. Only the starchy endosperm remains, which extends the grain's shelf life. Processed flour has a much higher glycemic index, meaning it rapidly increases blood sugar levels, which impairs brain function and increases the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
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Of course, we often refuse fast food and other fried foods in order not to gain kilograms, but if a couple of extra hours spent in the gym can save you from excess weight, then with those sports, unfortunately, cannot cope with the losses that fried food causes to the brain. Regular consumption of fried foods can lead to an increase in blood cholesterol and serious problems with the heart and blood vessels, and the health of the blood vessels is directly related to the health of the brain.
While low-fiber foods may not be as bad for the brain as those listed above, they are still not the healthiest choices . A high-fiber diet slows the absorption of the food you eat, which leads to a lower insulin response in the body, which reduces oxidative stress and the risk of developing diabetes and chronic heart and brain diseases.