January 2, 2012
Not only does it rot your teeth and add inches to your waistline, but now researchers have discovered that junk food actually hurts your brain.
By consuming trans fats, found often in fried or processed food, the chemicals send mixed and damaging signals to the brain and lessens its ability to control appetite.
Essentially, by eating junk food, your brain becomes less and less able to tell what you have eaten and continues to make you fee as if you are hungry so that you proceed to eat more. ‘It’s clear that trans fats are bad — both for your heart and now, we see, for your brain,’ said Dr Gene Bowman of Oregon Health & Science University.
Given the somewhat complicated nature of trans fats, it is harder for shoppers to spot goods that contain loads of the molecule. Trans fat is the common name for unsaturated fats which are harder for the body to digest given its double carbon-carbon bond.