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Food for Thought: “All The Most Delicious Foods Are Making You Dumb”

July 6, 2012

My life story


Sometimes, my brain doesn’t completely work. I forget where the heck I’m supposed to be or what I’m supposed to be doing or what my last name is…anyways, it seems that it could be and probably is what I’m eating.

Turns out it might not be your laziness, stubbornness, or general God-given incompetence making you stupid: it could just be all the delicious high fructose corn syrup you eat.

Medical Xpress reports there is new evidence to suggest that eating a diet high in high-fructose corn syrup (the cheap, hyper-saccharine liquid sweetener found in many sodas and processed foods) for as little as six weeks could lead to long term memory and cognition problems.

Ya know, this isn’t really that surprising, but it is kind of terrifying given that high-fructose corn syrup is in almost everything these days. In fact, “LiveScience notes that the average American consumes more than 40 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup per year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.” Oh goodness, that’s scary. I really try to avoid high-fructose anything at all costs, but it’s becoming more and more difficult. For instance, these past 10 days I’ve been living in a hotel with my steel drum band (yes, really, my steel drum band) and breakfast is included and it’s absolutely abysmal: processed meats, egg substitutes, canned fruit, white bread…I’ve been sticking to (when I wake up in time, hah) oatmeal, fresh fruit (apples and oranges), cereal, or yogurt. But the only yogurt choices (Activia and Dannon) both are chock full of ingredients like fructose, modified corn starch, etc. Ugh.

This is your brain on healthy food

So, in conclusion, as usual, treat your body right by feeding yourself fruits and veggies and omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish, nuts, and flaxseed oil, which protect the brains synapses [that the high-fructose is destroying] from damage). Protect your brain, y’all! You are what you eat.


(Images courtesy of Dontgetmewrong and Nu-Spoon)


4 Comments leave one →
  1. sexy curmudgeon permalink
    July 6, 2012 6:52 am

    Alas, I guess that mom advocating all -natural high fructose corn syrup in her daughter’s fruit punch (along with brilliant SNL parody, sorry I’m too lazy to pull up the link) just faced a major setback. But seriously, this article, and the possibly even more provoking article in the NY Times below (let’s get real about our society, our obsession with weight is and will continue to be much more important than something silly like intellect) just demonstrate that we know laughably little about the consequences OR benefits of anything we put in our bodies. It’s also what makes health and nutrition education so incredibly difficult.

  2. Nora permalink
    July 6, 2012 1:11 pm

    Excellent link provided by the other commentator. That coupled with the paleo diet sounds about right to me.

    As for the post, a really good reminder of what seemingly simple choices can do for one in both short and long terms so thank you!

  3. July 8, 2012 10:04 am

    What a delightful post! But also one with a serious message about food and nutrition.

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