Healthy Habits

What are Trans-Fats and How It Affects Your Memory?

Recent researches have resulted in the exposure of the ill effects of trans-fats in your body, especially to your memory

Previously linked to high cholesterol levels, trans-fats now also affects the consciousness of people.

What is trans-fats?

Trans-fats or trans-unsaturated fats are a type of unsaturated fats mostly synthesized industrially from vegetable fats. They are also known as ‘partially hydrogenated oils’ and are very unhealthy for heart and recently for memory. They are contained in baked products, snacks, deep-fried fast foods and excessively processed foods. You may visualize trans-fats as mouthwatering burgers, crispy French fries, sugary doughnuts, and deliciously baked cakes, cookies and biscuits.

What does it do to your memory?

Along with increasing the levels of bad cholesterol, it significantly lowers the levels of good cholesterol in your body. According to recent studies and researches by prominent institutions, trans-fats and memory are closely linked to each other. Younger men who consumed high levels of trans-fats showed poor performance in a memory test involving recalling words than those who consumed lower levels of trans-fats.

  • They increase oxidative stress and impair blood flow while reducing the cellular energy in the hippocampus of the brain which is related to the cognitive abilities of a person.
  • They also inhibit the production of Omega-3 fatty acids which play an essential role in the proper functioning of the brain.
  • Trans-fats cause inflammation and interfere with the healthy production of hormones which impair the memory.
  • The high intake of foods with trans-fats plays havoc with the serotonin levels of the body which are responsible for good mood and sleep. Low levels of serotonin in the body is associated with impaired memory and depression.

Here are a few foods to avoid if you want to save your cognitive abilities from the clutch if trans-fat foods:

  • Margarine
  • Frostings and creams
  • Coffee Creamer
  • French fries
  • Potato chips
  • Biscuits
  • Doughnuts
  • Fried chicken

Avoid these memory-killing foods and reverse them with smart brain foods like fish, dark leafy green vegetables, berries and red wine. There are fantastic superfoods for brain and improve the memory levels by augmenting the levels of Omega-3 fatty acids, balancing the hormonal levels and thus enhancing your memory.


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