Diabetes Forecast

Trans Fats Harm Memory

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,
food label showing grams of fat


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given food companies three years to remove artificial trans fats from products such as packaged cookies, cakes, and coffee creamers because they’re bad for your heart. Turns out they may hurt your memory, too. In a word recall test of nearly 700 men, every gram per day of trans fat they reported eating was associated with 0.76 fewer words recalled. The men ate an average of 4 grams per day, but some ate as many as 28 grams per day. You can find trans fat information on packaged goods’ Nutrition Facts label. The FDA advises that consumers choose products with the lowest amounts of both trans and saturated fats.
Source: PLOS One, published online June 17, 2015



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