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Trans Fat Consumption Linked To Poor Performance On Memory Test

November 18, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
U.S. researchers who questioned 1,000 healthy adult men and postmenopausal women about their consumption of artificially produced trans fats found that men who consumed the most did noticeably worse on a word memory test. Trans fats are used by food companies to turn liquid oils into solids at room temperature and extend food shelf life. They are found in margarines, fast foods, baked goods, snack foods, frozen pizza, etc. Men under age 45 who ate more trans fats remembered 11 fewer words than adults who ate the least trans fat.
Beatrice A. Golomb et al., "Trans Fat Consumption is Linked to Diminished Memory in Working-aged Adults", News release, study presented at an American Heart Association meeting, November 18, 2014, © American Heart Association, Inc.
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