The latest nutrition research has some surprising findings that both your sweet tooth and your memory will appreciate.
Candy really is dandy Here's news to hide from the kids: People who eat candy tend to weigh less, and to have a lower body-mass index and waistline and decreased risk factors for cardiovascular disease, according to a study published in Nutrition Research.
Researchers looked at published eating pattern data for more than 15,000 adults from 1999 to 2004, examining their candy consumption as well as their caloric and nutrient intake, weight and heart disease risk.
They concluded that candy isn't a villain—as long as it's an occasional indulgence and you otherwise maintain a healthy lifestyle, balancing your long-term caloric intake, according to researcher Carol O'Neil at Louisiana State University Agriculture Center.
Remember to eat fish Foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids are already known to be heart healthy. Now, researchers say these foods may offer long-lasting memory benefits, too.
If your diet is short on omega-3 fatty acids, most commonly found in fatty fish such as sardines, salmon and mackerel, you may be at risk for faster brain aging. You may also be more susceptible to a loss of memory and thinking abilities, according to a recent study in the journal Neurology.
Researchers looked at MRI brain scans of 1,575 adults, average age 67, who were free of dementia. The adults were measured for their mental function, body mass and omega-3 fatty acid levels in their red blood cells. Those whose omega-3 fatty acid levels were in the bottom 25 percent scored lower on tests of visual memory, problem solving, multitasking and abstract thinking.
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