Junk food can dim your brain
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