Unhealthy foods don’t just damage our hearts and liver. Our brain suffers too when we don’t watch what we eat.
It’s no secret that we’re supposed to avoid foods that are overly sugary, fatty or deep fried. And for most of us, we see weight gain as a direct result of not eating healthy. But there are a lot more health issues that happen under the surface when we’re being careless with our diet.
And those issues get worse as we get older.
Parts of our brain actually shrink as we get older. That’s why old age is often associated with things like memory loss or trouble learning new skills. So avoiding foods that cause damage to our brain is even more vital in our later years.
In fact, some foods are so bad for you that they actually accelerate this aging process. That increases the risk for brain associated diseases like Alzheimer’s or dementia. Other issues like sleep apnea have also been associated with an unhealthy diet.
And some of these unhealthy foods are marketed as healthy.
You’ll see in our list below a few surprises that you may have thought were healthy. Like the fish or the margarine. Remember when margarine was commercialized as a healthier substitute to butter? According to huffpost.com, it’s actually worse for us. Or how about fish? We know fish is a great source for vital Omega-3 vitamins, but not all fish are created equal. And some are pretty bad for our brains.
And don’t get me started on diet sodas! Sure they may keep sugar out of the system and fat off the waistline, but what they’re doing to the brain is in no way worth it.
Here are other foods that you should consume very rarely or avoid altogether if you want to keep your brain (and body) healthier. – Wendy Rush