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Foods that can damage your brain if eaten in excess

The most vital organ in your body is your brain, which also regulates your heartbeat, breathing, and all other bodily functions. This is why maintaining a healthy diet will help your brain function at its best. Some foods are bad for your brain because they affect your memory and mood while raising your risk of dementia.

According to Healthline, here are 4 foods that can damage your brain, when taken in excess,

1. Trans-fat-rich foods.

Unsaturated fats like trans fats have a negative impact on the health of the brain. While trans fats are present in animal products like meat and dairy by nature, they are not a significant health risk. Trans fats, also referred to as hydrogenated vegetable oils, are a problem when they are produced industrially.

Shortening, margarine, frosting, snack foods, premade cakes, and prepackaged cookies all contain these artificial trans fats. According to studies, people who consume more trans fats are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease, have poorer memories, have smaller brain volumes, and experience cognitive decline.

2. White rice and white bread

Refined carbohydrates, even if they don't taste particularly sweet, can cause blood sugar spikes. This is frequently followed by a crash, which can leave you feeling mentally foggy. According to research, eating too many refined carbohydrates may increase your risk of Alzheimer's disease, especially in people who are genetically predisposed to it. When it comes to carbs, choose whole-grain bread, brown rice, and whole-wheat pasta.

3. Alcoholic beverages

While a single glass of wine or beer is unlikely to cause mental havoc, alcohol has a direct effect on the brain's communication pathways. The more you drink, the more difficult it may be to process new information or recall information. Alcohol can also cause confusion or depression.

4. Foods that are highly processed.

The sugar, added fats, and salt content of highly processed foods tend to be high. Foods like chips, desserts, microwave popcorn, instant noodles, premade sauces, and store-bought snacks are among them. These foods typically have a lot of calories but few other nutrients. They are precisely the kinds of foods that contribute to weight gain, which can harm the health of your brain.

5. Fish high in mercury.

Mercury is a neurotoxin and heavy metal contaminant that can persist for a very long time in animal tissues.

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