A new study published in FASEB Journal suggests that eating high fat diet can lead to significant short term memory loss and decreases the ability to exercise.
The results of the research shows an important link between how we think, what we eat and how our bodies perform.
According to Andrew Murray, co-author of the study and currently at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, western diets are typically high in fat and are associated with long-term complications like diabetes, heart failure and obesity. But short term consequences of eating such diets have been given relatively little attention.
Researchers studied rats fed a low-fat diet (7.5 percent of calories as fat) and rats fed a high-fat diet (55 percent of calories as fat). They found that muscles of the rats eating high fat diet for 4 days were less able to use oxygen to make the energy needed to exercise, causing their hearts to work harder—and increase in size.
It was found that increased levels of a protein called uncoupling protein 3, which made them less efficient at using oxygen needed to make the energy required for running.