Pop is Bad for Your Brain (Diet Too!)

We’ve heard lots of negative news about soft drinks (both sugared and diet) in relation to such things as weight loss and heart disease, but two new studies coming out of Boston University show its potential negative effect on the brain as well. In the first study, published in Alzheimer’s and Dementia, it was discovered that “higher intake of sugary beverages was associated cross-sectionally with markers of preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease.” Specifically, they found signs of accelerated brain aging, including smaller brain volume, poorer episodic memory, and a shrunken hippocampus. In the second study, published in the journal Stroke, researchers did not discover a relation between sugary beverage intake and stroke or dementia, but when looking at diet drinks noticed that “artificially sweetened soft drink consumption was associated with a higher risk of stroke and dementia.” There is still more to be learned about all of this, but the lesson is clear: limit the amount of sugared and artificially sweetened beverages in your diet.

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