Food and Alzheimer’s
Study found that people with higher levels of trans fats in their blood were to 75% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease or dementia years later than people with lower levels of trans fats in their blood. You can find trans fats in foods that you eat every day. Trans fats are often used to give crunchiness to a product. For example, it is commonly used in chips and crackers. These Alzheimer’s causing fats are also used to give a product good spreadability.
Foods you should avoid
Trans fat is not only found in products that we know are not good for our health. These fats are also common in more natural foods, such as some meats and milk products. So, it is wise to know which products contain trans fat to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. If you read the labels of your everyday products, you will be shocked! Even your peanut butter can contain these fats. Therefore, avoid the following foods as much as possible to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s!
- Processed cheeses, such as mozzarella sticks or American cheese, these foods build up proteins in the body that have been associated with Alzheimer’s
- Processed meat, such as bacon, ham or turkey. Processed meat contains nitrosamines, which cause the liver to produce fats that can be toxic to the brain
- Alcohol, this contains nitrites which have been linked to Alzheimer’s
- White foods, including cakes, sugar, rice, bread and pasta. Consuming these causes a spike in insulin production and sends toxins to the brain
- Margarine, this is sometimes marketed as a healthier alternative to butter, but some kinds actually contain up to two grams of trans fat per tablespoon
- Fried foods, like French fries and fish sticks. They contain a large amount of trans fat which causes Alzheimer’s
- Non-diary coffee creamer, many non-dairy coffee creamers use oils that contain trans fat. So, it is possible that your daily dose of caffeine has also been giving you a daily dose of trans fat
Make sure to always look at the list of ingredients to find out what type of fats the product contains. If you pay close attention to the fats, you can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. We will definitely pay attention from now on!
Source: Alzheimers.net | CNN | Image: YouTube