Saturated fats linked to worse brain function, memory

The Boston Globe “Daily Dose” blog reported that research published  in the Annals of Neurology suggests “that saturated fats – found in red meat and full-fat dairy products – causes the brain to age more rapidly than other kinds of fat.” Meanwhile, “olive oil, avocado, and other monounsaturated fats appear to slow brain aging.”

The Huffington Post reported, “The study … included data from 6,000 women who were part of the Women’s Health Study. These women, who were all age 45 and older, participated in a cognitive functioning test every two years over a four-year period, and also completed food questionnaires at the start of the study.”

HealthDay reported that the investigators “found that over time, women who ate the highest amounts of saturated fat had the worst overall brain function and memory, compared to the women who ate the least.”

The researchers also found that participants “who ate the most monounsaturated fats had higher scores on brain tests over the four years of testing, they note.”

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