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August 2013 Issue

The Western Diet: Bad for the Brain

Dozens of studies have linked the Western style of eating with advanced aging and illnesses. Considered the typical American diet, the Western diet is full of saturated fat and refined carbohydrates from highly processed foods, and lacking in whole grains, fruits and vegetables. And now a new review of the scientific evidence over the past three decades, conducted by Australian researchers, found that the Western diet also may promote brain impairment and neurodegenerative conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

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