There’s been a lot of talk about the negative health effects of sugary drinks in recent years. Doctors warn that they contribute to obesity and tooth decay. But could they also be damaging our brains?
According to Medical Daily, Researchers from the University of Southern California have found a disturbing connection between sugary drinks and memory
Study author Dr. Scott Kanoski from USC, says that the effect could be particularly damaging to children.
Dr. Kanoski says “Our findings reveal that consuming sugar-sweetened drinks is interfering with our brain's ability to function normally and remember critical information about our environment, at least when consumed in excess before adulthood.”
When kids consume sugar-sweetened drinks throughout childhood, the researchers worry they may have poor memory function once they reach adulthood.
And it’s not just soda they’re talking about; it’s also apple juice, lemonade, sports drinks--any beverage that has a high sugar content.
The study found that in young laboratory mice, sugary drinks also caused an inflammation of the region of the brain known as the hippocampus.
The hippocampus plays a key role in forming memories, organizing, and storing information. It can also form new memories and connect emotions and senses to memories.
By the way, experts say that children’s sugar levels should be limited to up to 4 teaspoons per day.
According to the American Heart Association. American teenagers are eating and drinking down nearly 34 teaspoons every single day.
For more information on sugar intake and health, go to heart.org. I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.