Trans Fats May Hurt Memory

By: Bahar Gholipour
Published: 11/22/2014 01:16 PM EST on LiveScience

CHICAGO — It might be difficult to carefully avoid all of the tasty foods that contain harmful trans fats, but now there’s one more reason to try: A new study shows that this type of fat may damage memory in young people.

The findings suggest that memory problems belong on the list of the health problems trans fats are suggested to cause in people, the researchers said.

“While trans fats increase the shelf life of foods, they reduce the shelf life of people,” said study researcher Dr. Beatrice Golomb, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego. “From a health standpoint, trans fat consumption has been linked to higher body weight, more aggression and heart disease.” [5 Foods that Could Change Under a Trans Fat Ban]

In the new study, the researchers looked at about 1,000 healthy men and found that those who consumed the most trans fats showed worse performance on a word memory test compared with those who consumed the least trans fats.

Moreover, the researchers found the effect was notable in men under age 45.

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