Damming Evidence: Ultra-Processed Foods Accelerate Cognitive Decline, Slow Executive Function of the Brain

by Mike Mutzel


It’s been long known that consumption of ultra-processed (junk) foods cause cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes…

A new study finds consumption of these foods accelerate cognitive decline by some 28%.




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Key Takeaways:

Consuming high amounts of ultraprocessed foods was associated with a 28% faster rate of cognitive decline and a 25% faster rate of executive function decline over the eight year study period.

“…the percentage of daily energy from ultra-processed foods was associated with cognitive decline in participants younger than 60 years.” the authors wrote.

Related Content:

Gonçalves, N. G. et al. Association Between Consumption of Ultraprocessed Foods and Cognitive Decline. Jama Neurol 80, (2023).

Jacka, F. N., Cherbuin, N., Anstey, K. J., Sachdev, P. & Butterworth, P. Western diet is associated with a smaller hippocampus: a longitudinal investigation. Bmc Med 13, 215 (2015).
Berti, V. et al. Nutrient patterns and brain biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease in cognitively normal individuals. J Nutrition Heal Aging 19, 413–423 (2015).

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