The Diet That Lowers Your IQ In 9 Days

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The diet causes lower
intelligence and 50% more laziness.
High-fat foods can reduce
intelligence in just 9 days, research finds.
Cognitive performance reduced
by 20% in just over a week after eating a high-fat diet.
The study on rats fed them a
diet equivalent to human junk food.
After nine days, not only was
their cognitive performance affected, but their physical performance was
reduced by 50%.
The short-term effects of a
high-fat diet are startling, the researchers say.
A previous study has found a
high-fat diet can reduce cognitive performance in humans as well.

Dr Andrew Murray, the study’s
first author, said:
“We found that rats, when
switched to a high-fat diet from their standard low-fat feed, showed a
surprisingly quick reduction in their physical performance. 
After just nine days, they
were only able to run 50 per cent as far on a treadmill as those that remained
on the low-fat feed.”
The conclusions come from a
study of rats who were initially fed on a standard low-fat diet.
Half were then switched to a
high-fat diet.

Dr Andrew Murray explained how
these diets translate to what humans eat:
“With the standard feed, 7.5
per cent of the calories come from fat. 
That’s a pretty low-fat diet,
much like humans eating nothing but muesli. 
The high-fat diet, in which 55
per cent of the calories came from fat, sounds high but it’s actually not
extraordinarily high by human standards. 
A junk food diet would come
close to that.”
The results showed that after
nine days the rats fed on a high-fat diet made 20% more errors when learning to
navigate a maze.
They were also running 50%
less far.
The researchers also found
that the rats’ hearts were enlarged with the increased effort of pumping blood
around their bodies.
Professor Kieran Clarke, study
co-author, said:
“These are startling results. It shows that high-fat feeding
even over short periods of time can markedly affect gene expression, metabolism
and physical performance.”
Professor Jeremy Pearson said:
“In little more than a week, a
change in diet appears to have made the rats’ hearts much less efficient. 
We look forward to the results
of the equivalent studies in human volunteers, which should tell us more about
the short-term effects of high-fat foods on our hearts. 
We already know that to
protect our heart health in the long-term, we should cut down on foods high in
saturated fat.”
The study was published in The
FASEB Journal (Murray et al., 2009).
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.