Eating highly processed foods may lead to faster cognitive decline: study

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A new study finds that eating highly processed foods may be associated with a faster rate of cognitive decline. Highly processed foods like ready meals, microwaved frozen meals and instant noodles may be quick and easy to make, but based on the results of the recent study, it could be more rewarding to spend the extra time in the kitchen .

The results of the study, presented Monday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in San Diego, examined the diet and cognition of more than 10,000 middle-aged and older adults in Brazil. The study surveyed participants for up to 10 years and included both men and women.

The study found that the adults who consumed the most processed foods had a 25% faster decline in their “executive function,” which is their ability to plan and execute and take action than those who consumed less processed foods.

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A new study finds that eating highly processed foods may be linked to a faster rate of cognitive decline.

A new study finds that eating highly processed foods may be linked to a faster rate of cognitive decline.
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Another recent study published by the American Academy of Neurology on Science News found that people who consume large amounts of ultra-processed foods have a higher risk of developing dementia.

Highly processed foods are foods that contain few whole ingredients and often contain flavors, colors or other additives. This includes white bread, cookies, crackers, ice cream, candy, hot dogs, sugary drinks, fried snacks and other processed meats.

Some examples of highly processed foods include potato chips, sugary drinks, cookies, and fried snacks.

Some examples of highly processed foods include potato chips, sugary drinks, cookies, and fried snacks.
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“Irrespective of the amount of calories, regardless of the amount of healthy foods you try to eat, ultra-processed foods are not good for your cognition,” said Claudia Suemoto, an author of the study.

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