10 Jun '11, 6pm

High-fat diet may damage the brain, study finds

High-fat diet may damage the brain, study finds

There have been many disturbing studies on the effects of a high-fat diet on the brain. I'm thinking in particular of the 2009 study that suggested the American diet can be as addictive to the brain as heroin . But a new study presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society is even more concerning -- and may provide a "missing link" in our understanding of the obesity epidemic. Researchers led by Joshua Thaler of the University of Washington fed an American-style high-fat diet to lab rats over the course of eight months. They discovered that the diet not only harmed the rats' bodies, but also appeared to cause measurable injury to their brains -- including damage to nerve cells that control body weight. As Science Daily explains : Within the first three days of consuming a diet that had a similar fat content to the typical American diet, rats consumed nearly doubl...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/scary-food/2011-06-10-high-fat-diet-...

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