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Diet High In Saturated Fats Can Be Harmful To The Developing Brain

June 17, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Adolescents whose diet is high in fat are at greater risk of learning and memory problems as adults, according to a study in mice by Spanish researchers. Mice fed a normal calorie but high-fat diet became moderately obese and showed significantly impaired spatial memory. The same diet did not affect adult mice. The researchers concluded that normal calorie diets high in saturated fats “have deleterious and long-lasting effects on the developing brain, even in the absence of diabetes”.
Mariano Ruiz-Gayo et al., "Adolescents' High Fat Diet Impairs Memory and Learning", News release, presentation at the Endocrine Society's annual meeting, June 17, 2013, © Ruiz-Gayo et al.
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