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Fast Food May Impede Brain Function

Scientists discover that high-fat diets actually dampen brain functions in test animals!

Fast food sandwich and French fries

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New studies show that the amount of fatty foods you consume is linked to the dopamine levels produced by the brain.

If you take a trip to the drive-thru night after night, you may begin to notice that you feel weighed down… and not just on the scale!

New studies show that the amount of fatty foods test rats consume is linked to the dopamine levels produced by the brain. Dopamine is an important neurotransmitter that affects both mood and energy level.

What the experiments revealed was that in rats consuming a high-fat diet, dopamine levels were significantly lower than rats following a standard, low-fat diet.

This suggest that you will feel sluggish, less motivated to work, and maybe even depressed when taking in a lot of fatty foods.

Now, isn’t that a high price to pay for a lost-cost meal?

Read More:

  • A High-Fat Diet Alters Crucial Aspects of Brain Dopamine Signaling (ScienceDaily)
  • Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB)

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Molly Plunkett

is a journalism student at Indiana University and an online producer for A Moment of Science. She is originally from Wheaton, IL.

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