We already know that too much sugar will rot your teeth, but now, according to researchers at UCLA, too much of the sweet stuff can rot your brain.
According to NewsWise, researchers gave two groups of rats water laden with high-fructose corn syrup, but also added omega-3 fatty acids(which protect against damage to brain cells) to one group’s diet.
The group without the omega-3 were slower when it came to running a maze that both groups had been taught to run before the experiment began.
“The second group of rats navigated the maze much faster than the rats that did not receive omega-3 fatty acids,” Gomez-Pinilla, the author of the study, said. “The…animals were slower, and their brains showed a decline in synaptic activity. Their brain cells had trouble signaling each other, disrupting the rats’ ability to think clearly and recall the route they’d learned six weeks earlier.”
You might want to remember that the next time your kid asks for a soda to drink.