Feed a bunch of rodents saturated fat and what happens to their brains? New Canadian research suggests that the unhealthy fat – found in cookies, cakes and processed goods – affects more than just our waistlines.
A diet filled with fat-laden foods also tampers with the reward centres of the brain, encouraging us to eat more, they warn.
University of Montreal researchers enlisted the help of rats that were fed special diets: one group was fed a low-fat diet packed with healthy amounts of monounsaturated (good) and saturated fats, a second group was fed a diet in which 50 per cent of calories came from good fats, such as olive oil, while the last group had 50 per cent of its calories come from saturated fat in the form of palm oil.
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