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This Eating Habit Is Making Your Brain Age Faster, Study Says

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We’ve all been told that indulging in sugary, fried, and processed foods can derail progress when following a diet. But a new study emphasizes the serious health risks that come with this easy eating habit—and it could actually cancel out Mediterranean diet benefits.

Published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association on Jan. 7, 2021, the study looked at the effect of “Western diet” foods on older adults. These include fried foods, sweets, red and processed meats, full-fat dairy. Following a strict Mediterranean diet of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, olive oil, nuts, seeds, and legumes and limiting other kinds of foods is equal to the brain being 5.8 years younger, scientists found. (Related: The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.)

The 5,001 participants were following the Mediterranean diet for almost 20 years. Every three they would fill out a form detailing how often they ate 144 foods. Scientists found that “Participants with slower cognitive decline over the years of follow-up were those who adhered closest to the Mediterranean diet, along with limiting foods that are part of Western diet, whereas participants who ate more of the Western diet had no beneficial effect of healthy food components in slowing cognitive decline.”

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