Junk food can dim your brain

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LON­DON: Eat­ing too much fast food will make you thicker in more ways than one, ac­cord­ing to a study.

As well as ex­pand­ing the waist­line, a high-fat diet of cur­ries, ke­babs, burg­ers and chips can make you less in­tel­li­gent.

The re­search was per­formed by sci­en­tists at Ox­ford Uni­ver­sity on rats.

The group of bi­o­log­i­cal ex­perts say their re­sults show an im­por­tant link be­tween what peo­ple eat, how they think, and how our bodies per­form.

The team stud­ied rats fed a low-fat diet, com­pris­ing just 7.5 per­cent of calo­ries as fat, and com­pared them with rats fed a high-fat junk food diet, typ­i­cally 55 per­cent of calo­ries as fat.

They dis­cov­ered that af­ter just four days the mus­cles of the rats eat­ing the high-fat diet were less able to use oxy­gen to make the en­ergy needed to ex­er­cise, caus­ing their hearts to work harder and in­crease in size.

Af­ter nine days on a high-fat diet, the rats took longer to com­plete a maze and made more mis­takes in the process than their low-fat-diet coun­ter­parts.

The sci­en­tists are now study­ing the ef­fect of a short-term high-fat diet on hu­mans. – Daily Mail

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