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Eating highly processed foods may be associated with faster cognitive decline, a new study finds. Highly processed foods like convenience foods, microwave frozen meals, and instant noodles can be prepared quickly and easily, but according to recent research, spending more time in the kitchen may be more worthwhile.
The findings, presented Monday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Santiago, examined the diet and cognition of more than 10,000 middle-aged and older adults in Brazil. The study looked at participants under the age of 10, both male and female.
Study finds adults who eat highly processed foods 25% faster descent In their “executive functions,” they have the ability to plan, execute, and act better than those who eat less processed foods.
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In another recently published study American Academy of Neurology News People who eat a lot of ultra-processed foods have been found to have a higher risk of dementia.
Highly processed foods are foods that contain small amounts of intact ingredients and often contain flavorings, colors, or other additives. This includes white bread, cookies, crackers, ice cream, candy, hot dogs, sugary drinks, fried snacks and other processed meats.
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Study author Claudia Suemoto said: “Ultra-processed foods are not good for your cognition, no matter the calorie content, no matter how much healthy food you try to eat.”