Scratch another favorite off your list – we’re now being told that fried foods may be directly contributing to your risk of developing dementia in later life. It’s no secret that fried eggs and meat don’t to a great deal for your heart or waistline, but this is the first time greasy fry-ups have been associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
And just to rub salt in the wound for those partial to a bit of the greasy stuff – bacon is said to be perhaps the most dangerous example of all.
It would be, wouldn’t it?
According to the team behind the research, easing off the fatty fried foods has the potential to stave off the effects of Alzheimer’s and in some cases has even led to lost memory returning. Experts insist that as an outright cure for dementia is still as elusive as it ever was, it’s lifestyle changes like these that everyone should be aware of and ideally embracing.
Millions of US citizens suffer from one of the many forms of dementia, though the number is expect to explode two or three-fold over the coming decades.
The study was carried out by scientists from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, which looked into the way in which heating sugars, proteins and fats led to the creation of advanced glycation end products.
Poaching foods leads to no AGEs being created, though grilling and frying can produce high concentrations. In tests, laboratory mice showed distinctly diminished coordination, memory and general ability to learn as they aged. And when compared to the results of studies carried out senior citizens, it became clear that the AGEs had the same effect.
Scientists are now advising people to consider ditching the frying pan in favor of healthier cooking methods, like boiling and poaching foods.