A study presented at the 2014 Meeting of the American Heart Association by Dr Beatrice Golomb from UCSD involved 1000 healthy men. Those consuming the most trans fats showed worse performance on a word memory test. The author noted that the effects were the strongest in young and middle-aged men during their working and career-building years. She emphasized that trans fat consumption has also been linked to higher body weight, more aggression, and heart disease. She counsels her patients that while trans fats increase the shelf life of foods, they reduce the shelf life of people.

Trans fats are artificially produced to turn liquid oils into solids at room temperature and extend food shelf life and are found in margarines, fast foods, baked goods, snack foods, frozen pizza, coffee creamers, and some refrigerated dough.

Her group did a previous study that found that chocolate, which is rich in antioxidants and positively impacts cell energy, is linked to better word memory in the same group.

Dr. Jack Florin, MD

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