Junk Food May Lead to Dementia

Aug 31, 2012 09:40 AM EDT | By Sharon Robinson

Junk food
Not so Happy Meal: Junk food may lead to dementia. (Photo : flickr.com/happymealy)

Advocates of healthy eating and nutritionists have another reason to say no to junk food: Dementia.

A recent study claims that junk food could be bad for your memory, and may lead to dementia, and trigger Alzheimer's. Junk food is already linked with obesity and diabetes, especially in the U.S. 

Like Us on Facebook

Too much junk food leads to an increase in the secretion of insulin, a hormone. A decrease in the ability of cells to respond to high levels of insulin is likely to affect the brain, leading to dementia.

The study was published in the journal New Scientist, by researchers at Brown University.

Health advocates have always been against the consumption of junk food. But, ever since New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg decided to take a stance against junk food, more people have been trying to convince others to decrease their intake of high calorie food.

Junk food, especially burgers, fries and sodas, have long been touted to be the major cause of obesity in the US. A third of the people are overweight, with another third being obese. Children make up the majority of those obese.

Lately, schools have been trying to bring down the amount of junk food sold in school lunchrooms, with new school lunch programs. A recent study on the effect of junk food laws on school children has revealed some positive results. Though states, which try to reduce the intake of junk food are generally referred to as "nanny states" the curb of junk food in schools have led to a slight decline in childhood obesity.

However, rising food prices are likely to drive people to eating more junk food. Moreover, healthy food is generally regarded as more expensive than junk food. As a result, even those on food stamps have been found to choose soda and burgers over fruits and vegetables.

Better monitoring of school lunchrooms and food stamp use is required, if the country wants to see a significant decrease in junk food consumption.

© 2015 Food World News. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Get the Most Popular Food Stories in a Weekly Newsletter
TrendingOn The Web
Food Biz
Restaurant Week of D.C Extended Due to Snowfall

Restaurant Week of D.C Extended Due to Snowfall

Good news awaits for the food addicts in D.C and surrounding areas, who have been sad over not being able to enjoy the Restaurant Week. People will be able to enjoy the amazing yet cost – effective meals even in the beginning of February.

Pistachios

Pistachios Recalled Due to Possible Salmonella Risk

According to the FDA, the recall was announced after a routine testing revealed the presence of Salmonella in a one-pound bag of raw pistachio kernels bought online.

KFC

KFC China Wins Lawsuit Over "Mutant Chicken" Allegations

Fast food giant KFC came out triumphant after filing a lawsuit in China against three local tech firms for spreading out allegations on social media accusing the Yum Brands restaurant of selling genetically modified chickens with "six wings and eight legs".

Food Tech
UberEats will be released March 2016

Uber News: UberEats is Coming to the US

The car service company is setting up to launch 'UberEATS', a stand alone app that will enable its users from Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Austin, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Houston, Seattle and Dallas to utilize their food delivery service

Glass of Water

Charcoal Water: Its Health Benefits and What It Can Do For a Bloated Stomach

Now that juices and detox cleansing have become quite the norm, mixologists are itching to bring something new to the table. Enter: Activated charcoal.

Mobile Order and Pay

Starbucks Mobile App Hits 1M Mark, Mobile Order & Pay Sets New Milestone

Starbucks has reached another milestone after its newest technological innovation was launched. The coffee company giant has received and has processed 1 million orders from US customers through their mobile application.

Real Time Analytics