It’s common knowledge that foods aid brain growth. But there are as many foods that may lower your IQ as there are IQ boosters. We all know that there are certain foods that we must completely avoid since they are known to contribute little to our health. They could hamper the normal body functioning and even make you fall ill. We eat for sustenance, to sustain our bodies and to live as long as we are able. Here are some top foods that should be avoided because of their effects on brain nerve cells.
Consumption of hydrogenated oils clogs arteries and leads to heart diseases. This directly translates to less blood flow to the brain and lower IQ. Weather it is chicken, French fries or corn dogs anything fried is definitely a no-no. Fried foods also can destroy nerve cells with the abundance of harmful ingredients in the oils that seep into the food.
Fake sugars are the diabetics’ and weight watchers’ best friend. They are sweet and are low in calories making them an excellent substitute for sugar. But make no mistake; they are not good for health. Aspartame, the most popular sweetener affects the direct and indirect cellular activities of the brain. Always opt for natural over anything processed or artificially made in a corporations’ laboratory.
Sugar adds inches to your waistline and affects your brain cells. High sugar diets were found to affect brain cell functioning and cognitive ability. The more white sugar you eat the more prone you will be to memory loss and impairment over the course of your life. Sugar is also addictive and can lead to long term issues with weight gain, anxiety and cell destruction.
Trans fat is an unhealthy substance, also known as trans fatty acid, made through the chemical process of hydrogenation of oils. Hydrogenation solidifies liquid oils and increases the shelf life and the flavor stability of oils and foods that contain them. Trans fat is found in vegetable shortenings and in some margarines, crackers, cookies, snack foods and other foods. Trans fats increases cholesterol, clogging arteries and giving you a higher risk for stroke and heart attack. Diets high in trans fat are a risk factor for an increased chance of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Processed meat is meat preserved by smoking, curing or salting, or addition of chemical preservatives.” Ham, bacon, pastrami, sausages, hot dogs and luncheon meats are all considered processed meat.While protein is a known good for you food, processed meats can do harm to your body. Chicken and lean beef are proteins that can be good for you while processed protein that can be filled with preservatives and sodium nitrate are not.
Knowing what you are putting into your body can help you get the most out of it. Always eat a fruit and vegetable rich diet that is free from processed foods. As you can see, foods can boost our brains ability to work and there are foods that will hinder.
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