Do Low Carb Diets Affect Cognition?

A recent study shows that when individuals remove carbohydrates from their meals, their cognitive performance is affected significantly. When carbohydrates were reintroduced, cognition skills were restored to normal. This study shows that the food you eat can affect directly on cognitive behavior. Low-carb dieters showed a gradual reduction on the memory-related tasks compared with the low-calorie dieters. Reaction time for those on the low-carb diet was slower and their visual-spatial memory was not as good as those on the low-calorie diet. However, low-carb dieters actually responded better than low-calorie dieters during the attention vigilance task. Researchers note that past studies have shown that diets high in protein or fat can improve a person’s attention in the short term, which is consistent with the results in this study.


 
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