Does Sugar Rot Your Brain And Your Teeth?

Thursday, May 17th, 2012, 7:59 pm

We all know that eating sugar is bad for your teeth but does sugar consumption rot your brain as well? Scientists and UCLA seem to think so.

Researchers fed two groups of rats a solution containing high-fructose corn syrup instead of drinking water for six weeks. One group of the rats was also given omega-3 fatty acids which are known brain boosters.

Before the sugary drinks started, the rats were trained to run a complicated maze. After six weeks on the high-fructose corn syrup water they were again placed in the maze to see how they would do.

The rats that didn’t get the omega-3 fatty acids were slower. Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla said “Their brain cells had trouble signaling each other, disrupting the rats’ ability to think clearly and recall the route they’d learned six weeks earlier.” It turns out the the rat brains had developed signs of insulin resistance. Insulin controls blood sugar and also regulates brain function. “Insulin is important in the body for controlling blood sugar, but it may play a different role in the brain, where insulin appears to disturb memory and learning” said Dr. Gomez-Pinella. “Our study shows that a high-fructose diet harms the brain as well as the body.”

High fructose corn syrup is usually found in soda, processed foods, snack foods, applesauce and even baby food. Any type of added sugars should be avoided if possible to keep your weight down, your smile free of cavities and now, to keep your brain healthy. Reading labels is important when purchasing processed foods but the easiest way to avoid added sugars is to cook using fresh ingredients from scratch.

Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your next visit. Dental damage caused by too much sugar needs to be diagnosed and treated early. Please call our full-service office today.

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