December 17, 2008

ON THE OTHER HAND...:

Dude, Where's My Bacon Cheeseburger?: Low-carb dieters lose brain function as well as poundage (Taylor Hengen, 12.16.2008 , Popular Science)

A new Tufts study tellingly titled "The popular low-carb, no-carb diets have the strongest potential for negative impact on thinking and cognition” recently revealed just that; within just a few weeks, those who drastically restrict their carbohydrate intakes will suffer from decreased memory function and impaired reaction time.

There’s a good reason for this. The brain mainly uses glucose for energy, but is unable to store this type of sugar. The body breaks down carbohydrates into glucose and delivers it to the brain via the bloodstream. Depriving the body of carbohydrates deprives the brain of energy, and, voila: you’re repeating third grade, or at least repeatedly asking a question you first posed just ten minutes ago.


...if you had any brain function to begin with would you be extreme dieting?

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 17, 2008 9:25 PM
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