Cognitive functions of the brain are influenced not only by aging for natural reasons, but also by a person’s diet, including drinks. Scientists believe that one of them causes particularly severe damage to the brain.
As a rule, when it comes to aging, people are primarily concerned about the appearance of gray hair and wrinkles on the face. But few people realize that there are many hidden, but very insidious signs of brain aging.
This process is accelerated by one popular worldwide drink – soda. A 2019 study published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia noted that drinking sugar-added beverages accelerated brain aging.
This is not just about those who drink liters of soda every day. According to the results of psychological testing and magnetic resonance imaging of the study participants, the scientists came to the conclusion that the aging process of the brain provokes even the consumption of one can of soda water a day.
The researchers noted that drinking soda leads to a gradual decrease in total brain volume and impairment of event memory.
Consuming one to two drinks per day leads to an aging of the brain by 1.6 years in terms of total brain volume loss and 5.8 years in terms of semantic memory, compared to those who do not drink sugar-laden beverages.
If we take other time intervals, then two servings of soda accelerate the decrease in the brain by two years, while the losses in terms of semantic memory are much more serious – 11 years at once, reports the portal Eat This, Not That!
At the same time, scientists emphasized that the so-called diet soda in this regard is no better than the usual one.
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