Red Meat, Butter Leads To Alzheimer’s Disease
It is not alright if you are gobbling up all the red meat and butter in sight day after day because these two food items not only slow down your brain activity but also put you at an increasing risk for Alzheimer’s Disease. A new study claims that more than anyone else, it is the older women who are at risk from red meat and butter. So, before you dig into that steak or mashed potatoes, read this...
1) The Study
The study was conducted by lead researcher Dr. Oliva Okereke, who works with the “Brigham and Women’s Hospital” in Boston, and her team. The Hospital is affiliated to the “Harvard Medical School”, and the study was conducted on 6,000 women, all aged above 65 years. During the study, the researchers conducted a number of mental tests on the participants and it took them four years of hard work and numerous questionnaires to arrive at the conclusion that eating red meat, butter, and other such saturated fat-rich items led to worsening of memory. The tests conducted on the women were in relation to food-frequency surveys, to assess the relationship established between fat intake and functioning of the brain.
2) The Results
The results of this study are quite straightforward. If you eat too much of red meat, butter and other such food items rich in saturated fats, you run the risk of hurting your brain activity, leading to memory loss, and finally, Alzheimer’s Disease. The researchers found out that older women, who ate too much of these foods, had memories worse than those who did not eat such food items. In fact, consuming monounsaturated fats, present in food items such as olive oil, avocados, nuts, sunflower oil, etc, had better memories. So, now, it should not be so difficult for you to realize how beneficial olive oil can be for your memories, and not just your eyes, skin, and hair.
3) Dr. Okereke Speaks
The leader of the research, Dr. Oliva Okereke, explains the results, “When looking at changes in cognitive function, what we found is that the total amount of fat intake did not really matter, but the type of fat did. Substituting in the good fat in place of the bad fat is a fairly simple dietary modification that could help prevent decline in memory.” Dr. Okereke further adds, “Our analysis suggests if you substitute out 5% of your saturated fat calories with 5% monounsaturated fats, you could have a 50% lower risk [of cognitive decline as you age].” The results have been published in the journal Annals of Neurology and since Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia, it is important that these results are taken seriously, especially in case of older people.
4) Other Signs
While this study may be the latest to point out the ill-effects of eating red meat daily, there have been other studies and researches in the past to showcase how excessive consumption of red meat, butter, and other such saturated fats, causes harm to the human body and brain. According to an article published in the recent issue of the “Archives of Internal Medicine,” a 28-year follow up was conducted on thousands of men and women by the “Health Professionals Follow-Up Study” (HPFS) or the “Nurses’ Health Study” (NHS), in which the subjects were asked to divulge the ratio of consumption of processed or unprocessed food items like red meat, poultry, legumes, fish, dairy, nuts, fruits, and vegetables. The researchers found that one serving of red meat per day, whether processed or unprocessed, led to a significant rise in one’s mortality. This risk went up with the increasing consumption. Besides, in various studies, red meat has been associated with risks such as bowel cancer and diabetes too.
Well, the writing on the wall is very clear. Steaks are not going to keep your memories alive for long and if you are addicted to saturated fats as can be found in red meat and butter, then, very soon photographs are going to be of no real value to you. Think about it. Is that steak, really worth it?