4 Foods That Are Making Your Memory Worse

Lindsey Metrus
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Warby Parker

The old adage "food for thought" should be taken literally: The foods you eat greatly affect the inner workings of your mind. Similarly, eating "brain food" is much more than just a suggestion from your parents or teachers when you were a kid—just like we aim to incorporate more protein and greens for a leaner figure, we need to choose the most beneficial foods to help (literally) feed our noggins.

Unfortunately, many Western foods, specifically those with additives, are clouding our brains. In a study conducted at Brigham and Women's Hospital, over 6000 elder participants were tested for cognition and memory in relation to their diets during a five-year period. At the conclusion of the study, those who ate a diet high in saturated fats saw worse global cognitive and verbal memory trajectories as compared to those who ate a diet high in monounsaturated fatty acids (like proponents of the much-acclaimed Mediterranean Diet). While it's unclear how saturated fats affect the brain chemistry, an article from Harvard suggests that a gene called apolipoprotein E, or APOE, is associated with the amount of cholesterol in your blood, and people with a variation of this gene (APOE e4) are at greater risk for Alzheimer's disease.

To help decipher what we should eat (and avoid) for a clear, strong mind, we investigated which foods are high in these bad fats (and good fats). Read on to find out what they are!

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