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Seared Sea Scallops

Brain Function and Carbohydrates...

You won’t catch me eating an entire cookie or cupcake anymore. Ever since I decided to keep my carbohydrate consumption to less than 20 percent of my daily intake I can’t eat things like that. I might take a bite but I’d never attempt to eat the entire thing because I get so dizzy. The last time I tried to eat a whole chocolate-chocolate chip cookie I ended up sitting on a curb holding my head and groaning.

The same goes for pasta, bread, and potatoes among other things. My body just won’t tolerate them in any quantity anymore.

Seems the newest science has revealed that the consumption of carbohydrates can not only make you dizzy it can affect how your brain functions; or doesn’t.

I am going to reprint here (in part) an article that originally appeared in USA Today. It describes a study done by the Mayo Clinic. Here goes:

Older people who load up their plates with carbohydrates have nearly four times the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a new study finds.

Sugars also played a role in the development of MCI, which is often a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease, says the report in the newest Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Eating more proteins and fats offers some protection from MCI.

Mayo Clinic researchers tracked 1,230 people ages 70 to 89 and asked them to provide information on what they ate the previous year. Among that group, only the 940 people who showed no signs of cognitive impairment were asked to return for follow-ups every 15 months.

By the study’s fourth year, 200 of the 940 were beginning to show mild cognitive impairment — problems with memory, language, thinking and judgment. Compared with people who rank in the bottom 20 percent for carbohydrate consumption, those in the highest 20 percent had a 3.68 times greater risk of MCI, the study found. Overall, about six in every 100 people develop MCI in their lifetime.

Not everyone with MCI develops Alzheimer’s disease, but many do, says lead author Rosebud Roberts, a professor in the department of epidemiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Alzheimer’s affects 5.2 million U.S. adults, numbers that are expected to triple by 2050.

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