Women who ate a meal high in saturated fats performed worse on attention-based tests than women eating healthier meals. The findings reveal a potential link between high-fat diets and poor attention skills. Additionally, those with a condition called leaky gut, which allows bacteria from the intestines to enter the bloodstream, performed worse on attention tasks regardless of whether they ate a high-fat meal or chose a healthier option.
What you eat may impact your long-term spatial memory. Rats fed a cafeteria-style diet, high in saturated fats and refined carbs, experienced deterioration in spatial memory that was incremental, according to the pattern of access to junk foods.
A new study reports high fat diets can impair the function of the mesolimbic dopamine system.