The new research found that consuming larger amounts of trans-fats led to poorer memory in men aged 45 and younger.
It showed that men whose diets contained the highest levels of the fats were likely to recall 12 fewer words in a memory test than those who avoided them.
…On average, men aged 45 and younger were able to recall 86 words in the tests. But for each additional gram of trans-fat they consumed each day, their performance reduced by a statistical 0.76 words.
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Among the foods that commonly contain trans fats: frostings, pie crusts, biscuits, microwave popcorn, coffee creamers, frozen pizza, refrigerated dough, vegetable shortenings and stick margarines. The fats help give a more solid texture and richness to certain foods, like baked goods and ready-to-eat frostings.
It might be a good idea to check the ingredients on mass-produced pastries and snack food, fast food, fried food, and anything that says “partially hydrogenated” in it…