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4 things in your fridge that worsen brain health

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There are some foods we love that just don’t love us back.

What we eat can have a significant effect on memory and cognitive function.

These four fridge staples can have a negative impact on the brain


We all know alcohol causes temporary impairment. But excessive use can damage the brain over time and lead to learning and memory problems.


Two scientific reviews, one published in 2014 and the other in 2015, found that people who binge drink are more likely to develop dementia than those who drank in moderate amounts.

3. Soda


The high sugar content in soda sends your blood sugar through the roof. Regular consumption can raise your risk of type 2 diabetes, which in turn puts you at higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease.


Other sugary beverages, like juice and energy drinks, can do the same thing.

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A recent study found that regular consumption of processed meats, such as bacon and sausages, can raise your risk of developing dementia.

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However, the researchers also observed that red meat, like steaks, might actually have a protective effect against cognitive decline.


Pasta is loaded with refined carbs, which are linked to memory impairment.

White bread, rice, and other starchy, processed foods have a similar effect.


In general, regular consumption of highly processed foods can damage the brain and body over time.

It’s probably best to eat your favorite treats in moderation.

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