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Saturday September 12, 2015

Does Junk Food Shrink Your Brain?

Put down those Big Macs and Twinkies; new evidence suggests that junk food shrinks the brain and could increase the risk of mental disorder.

The results of the study, now published in the international journal BMC Medicine, suggest that older adults who eat more unhealthy foods, such as sweet drinks, salty snacks and processed meats, have smaller left hippocampi. It also shows that older adults who eat more nutrient-rich foods, such as vegetables, fruits and fish, have larger left hippocampi. These relationships existed over and above other factors that may explain these associations, such as gender, levels of physical activity, smoking, education or depression itself.