22 December 2015

Faster Food, Smaller Brains?

By Steph Yin

Need another reason to avoid fast food? Australian scientists recently found that people with a diet largely made up of processed foods and sugary drinks tend to have a smaller hippocampus—a brain region involved in learning, memory, and mood.

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“Unhealthy diets can create an environment that is toxic to the brain,” says neuroscientist Nicolas Cherbuin.
So you might want to lay off the Big Macs.
This article was originally published in the January/February 2016 issue of Popular Science.

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