We all know that eating too much sugar is bad for us. Unlike natural sweeteners, sugar can lead to weight gain, tooth decay, diabetes and other health problems. But did you know that eating too much sugar can also lead to memory loss?
New research conducted at Brown University has discovered that sugar can have a significant detrimental impact on our brain cells. The study found that eating excess sugar makes brain cells insulin-resistant, which means they no longer get the required amount of energy and nourishment. As a result, brain cells become damaged, causing problems like temporary memory loss and confusion.
This condition is actually a form of diabetes, called Type-3 Diabetes. If it isn’t managed and the brain cells continue to deteriorate, it can eventually lead to permanent forms of memory loss, like Alzheimer’s. In fact, research shows that individuals suffering from blood sugar problems have a 65% increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
For patients diagnosed with Type-3 Diabetes, doctor’s orders are simple: avoid excess sugar, cut carbohydrates and eat less. Natural sugar substitutes like Stevia and Xylitol are a great solution for diabetes sufferers with a sweet tooth.
In a similar study, researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) used laboratory rats to highlight the impact of excessive soda consumption on the body – and, particularly, the mind. First, the rats were trained to find their way out of a maze. Then, over a period of six weeks, rather than giving them water, the rats were given fructose solution, mimicking excessive consumption of soda. The results were shocking: the animals forgot their escape routes.
According to the researchers, the experiment aimed to show how foods made with high-fructose corn syrup impact cognitive abilities.
“Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think,” commented Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the lead author of the study.
“Eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters your brain’s ability to learn and remember information.”
Naturally Sweet Stevia, SweetLeaf Stevia and Naturally Sweet Xylitol are all appropriate for diabetics because they does not raise blood sugar levels. If in doubt, please ask your doctor.