Watch out for fructose

I love summer cookouts and picnics, and this summer I am making sure to grill brain-boosting foods (grilled salmon for example) after yet another study reminded me how much what we eat impacts our brains. An article in Scientific American Mind last week describes a new study in which a high-fructose diet negatively impacted memory in rats. Studies on hamsters have also shown that insulin resistance can affect the hippocampus, a part of the brain critical to memory. Further research is underway to determine if glucose has the same effect.

For more information on the relationship between nutrition and the brain, see our blog by guest writer Meredith Walker and our tips for suggestions on brain-boosting foods.

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