Low-fat diet study shows reduced cognitive ability
Since starting this blog I have been a huge advocate of high-fat diets. I worship avocados, cheese, olive oil, coconut oil and nuts. Not only has eating a high-fat diet allowed me to lose weight, but it has also improved my skin, hair and mood. I feel so much better about myself and my mood is so much higher because of this. So, after hearing about this low-fat diet study I was very pleased to look at the results and have my opinions confirmed.
This study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, split 447 “cognitively healthy” volunteers into groups: one group ate a controlled diet with reduced fat, one ate a Mediterranean diet supplemented with olive oil, and the final group ate a Mediterranean diet supplemented with mixed nuts.
The study tested the volunteers’ cognitive function at both the start and end of the study – the two groups eating a high fat, Mediterranean diet showed improved cognitive function, in particular with relation to memory. The low-fat group, on the other hand, showed a decline in memory function.
What better excuse to fill yourself up on delicious foods such as avocados and cheese? Not only will you have improved cognitive function, but eating a high-fat diet will keep you feeling satiated, consequently reducing your need to snack on sugary, processed foods. So, put that bar of chocolate down and go and enjoy a big slice of cheese!