Is Saturated Fat Bad For My Brain?

You’d have to have been living under a rock not to know that saturated fats are bad for your heart. But is saturated fat bad for my brain too? Now, there appears to be mounting evidence that it is indeed the case — creating sticky protein clusters that are the same culprits blamed for  a lot of the damage that is seen in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s. This article from Harvard Health Publications describes the best type of diet for your brain. (Hint: you’ve probably read about it elsewhere as having lots of benefits for the rest of your body).

Is Saturated Fat Bad For My Brain?

Is saturated fat bad for my brain? Research results indicate negative effects on thinking and memory.

Before you cut into a big T-bone steak with French fries, here is some food for thought: Research suggests that what we eat might have an impact on our ability to remember and our likelihood of developing dementia as we age.

Take that steak you’re about to slice into, for example. It’s loaded with saturated fat, which is known to raise blood levels of unhealthy low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. Other kinds of fats, such as trans fats, do the same thing to LDL.

LDL cholesterol builds up in, and damages, arteries. “We know that’s bad for your heart. There is now a lot of evidence that it’s also bad for your brain,” says Dr. Francine Grodstein, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and associate epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

As evidence of this effect are the results of a study conducted by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, published online May 17 in the journal Annals of Neurology. Women in the study who ate the most saturated fats from foods such as red meat and butter performed worse on tests of thinking and memory than women who ate the lowest amounts of these fats.

Read the entire article here.

Is saturated fat bad for my brain? It appears that the Mediterranean diet which is high in healthy unsaturated fats (such as fish, nuts, olive oil) is much better for your brain than foods with saturated fats.

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