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A new study found that people who ate saturated fats before a test had trouble focusing. Scientists think this points to a link between fatty foods and the brain. The study shows that a single meal high in saturated fats can affect our ability to concentrate.
Participants that ate unsaturated fats performed better on the test. Scientists were studying a link between leaky gut and concentration. Leaky gut is a condition that allows bacteria to enter the bloodstream.
Annelise Madison, lead author of the study and a graduate student in clinical psychology at The Ohio State University, said of the study, “Most prior work looking at the causative effect of the diet has looked over a period of time. And this was just one meal—it’s pretty remarkable that we saw a difference. Because both meals were high-fat and potentially problematic, the high-saturated-fat meal’s cognitive effect could be even greater if it were compared to a lower-fat meal.”
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