Jun 09, 2014
Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a neurosurgery professor at UCLA, studied the role of high-fructose corn syrup on memory and learning processes in the brain. In his 2012 study published in the "Journal of Physiology," he reported that rats that consumed a high-fructose corn syrup diet experienced memory impairment and cognitive issues. However, a review of studies on this topic, published in the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" -- which included studies on humans and on rats -- concluded that specific doses of glucose may positively affect memory in humans, especially in the elderly. However, the study did not include any research investigating the long-term effects of high sugar intake on the human brain.