According to a study published in JAMA Neurology, eating a high percentage of ultra-processed foods is connected with cognitive decline in mature and older adults. Eating Ultra-Processed Foods associated to Cognitive Decline. According to Harvard Health, ultra-processed foods contain fats, starches, and added sugars mainly derived from other foods. The consumption of ultra-processed foods is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, metabolic syndrome, and obesity. But little is known about the effects of ultra-processed foods on cognitive function.
The researchers analyzed data from 10,790 members in different Brazilian cities. Eating Ultra-Processed Foods associated to Cognitive Decline. In comparison to members who consumed less ultra-processed foods in the first quartile, adults with high usage of ultra-processed foods had a 30% faster rate. Researchers conclude that ultra-processed foods can harm cognitive function, which supports current public health recommendations.