Protect Your Brain by Not Having These 9 Foods

Who wants to be dumber? None, of course. But do you know that what you eat will either bolster your brainpower or diminish it? Yes, your diet affects not only your belly fat, but also your brain.

Stay away from these foods that can give you brain fog and slow your spinning wheel:

Artificial Trans Fat
Artificial trans fats are such unequivocal bad news that the FDA told U.S. food manufacturers to get the most common form of them (partially hydrogenated oils) out of their products within the next two years. These fats could do a number on your memory. The more trans fatty acids people consumed, the smaller brain volume they have later in life. High consumption of them is also linked to aggression, irritability, and lower cognitive abilities. Common culprits include deep-fried treats, the crackers you always have in the house and, of course, fast food. So watch out for partially hydrogenated oils on nutrition labels.

Frozen Pizza
Foods that are high in fat can cause fatigue, making your brain feel far less sharp. While chips, ice cream, and cookies are all bad fat-offenders, some frozen pizzas serve 40 percent (24 grams) of the day's fat in a single serving.

Alcohol
Alcohol is known to harm your liver in the long run, and it also causes what is known as “brain fog”. It refers to a feeling of mental confusion; it acts like a cloud that impacts your ability to think clearly, as well as your memory.

Citrus and Diet Sodas
BVO (brominated vegetable oil) is originally created to make plastics flame-retardant. Later, it is used to keep the flavoring in fruity fizzy beverages (specifically, the citrus-flavored ones). While small levels of BVO aren't harmful, but it can build up in your systems and eventually cause memory loss and nerve disorders. And diet sodas are just as scary. Aspartame, the artificial sweetener commonly used in sugar-free drinks, can have a negative effect on memory.

Tuna
Yes, having tuna at least twice a week will be doing your heart and brain a favor. But putting it on the menu too often can do more harm than good. That’s because bigeye, ahi, albacore and yellowfin tuna are all high in mercury, and consuming too much of the heavy metal can cause cognitive decline.

Buttery Microwave Popcorn
Not only containing heart-harming trans fats, this food is also made with diacetyl (DA), a chemical that's been found to break down the layer of cells that protects one of our most vital organs -- the brain.

MSG
MSG (monosodium glutamate) is a popular additive in Asian cuisine -- chefs use it to enhance the flavor. But MSG can wreak havoc on your brain health, attacking the brain stem. As an excitotoxin, MSG overstimulates neuron receptors, causing a firing of impulses that they become extremely exhausted, and die hours later. MSG is hidden in various sources, including: natural flavors, spices, hydrolyzed protein, autolyzed yeast extract, sodium caseinate, bouillons, soy protein isolate. Any MSG derivative is negatively impactful on the brain.

Sugary Products
Sugar and sugary products are bad not only for your waistline, but also for your brain function as well. Long-term consumption of sugar can create a wealth of neurological problems, and it can also interfere with your memory. On the other hand, sugar can also interfere with your ability to learn, this is why it is recommended to avoid pre-baked goods, sugar, corn syrup and products that are high in fructose.

Processed Foods
Almost all processed foods contain chemicals, dyes, additives, artificial flavors, preservatives and such. These can affect the behavior and the cognitive functioning due to the chemical that causes hyperactivity, both in children and in adult. They slowly destroy the nerve cells located in the brain. Processed or pre-cooked foods also impact your central nervous system and they also increase the risk of developing a degenerative brain disorder later in life (such as Alzheimer’s disease).

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