Scientists fed mice sugary soda for two months and got visibly stupid – Futurism

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in New studyA team of researchers found that feeding rats soft drinks like Coca-Cola and Pepsi did enough damage to the unfortunate creatures’ brains to provoke memory problems, cognitive impairment and cellular disruption.

Of course, soft drinks are not exactly healthy food. It’s completely full of sweeteners, real and fakeStudies have extensively confirmed that sugars such as those in soft drinks lead to health conditions including diabeticAnd the heart diseaseAnd the tooth decayAnd the Liver complicationsFor example, but not limited.

But according to new research, consistent, long-term consumption of specifically cola-based sugary soft drinks may be directly linked to brain health and behavioral issues — and, apparently, the inability to work one’s way through a maze. (If you’re a mouse, that is.)

In order to study how cola-containing soft drinks — which were chosen for study because of their prevalence in many modern human diets — might affect the brains of mice, scientists first divided mice into three age groups: 2 months, 8 months, and 14 a month. Then each of these age groups was divided into drinking water, cola and water groups.

After 57 days, the scientists performed some maze-based behavioral tests on the rodents, and after ten days the mice were mercilessly killed so that the scientists could then examine any differences in their brains.

On examination, the water-drinking rodents were perfectly fine. Soda soda? Not much.

During behavioral tests, the scientists found that most soda drinkers, specifically babies between 2 and 8 months old, had worse memories, and generally lower cognitive function than their racist counterparts — causing some serious difficulties when they tried. To get around those damn labyrinths.

Poor comrades. But given what scientists discovered when they cracked open the creatures’ skulls, it’s not terribly surprising.

A closer look at Ratus’ brains confirmed that the soda groups all experienced varying degrees of damage in the frontal cortex, which controls vital mental functions such as attention, memory and judgment, as well as the hippocampus, which plays a key role in both memory and learning.

Neurological damage is never a positive thing. But honestly, perhaps not being able to make their way through the labyrinths would have been the least of the mice’s problems, if left alive. In humans, damage to the frontal cortex has also been linked to personality changes and excessive impulsivity, while injury to the hippocampus is He thinks it plays an important role In diseases such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, etc.

It is important to remember that this study is based on long-term exposure. If the rat hardly drank cola—perhaps only asked for a cup at dinner from time to time—it’s probably fine, a possibility supported by the fact that older rats, with fully formed brains, were least affected by soda servings. But a rat drinks Coca-Cola or Pepsi every day… Well, that’s a different story.

It is also important to note that mice are not humans, so we cannot recommend the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention update his recommendations just yet. However, considering all that humans have learned about sugary soft drinks in recent years, we wouldn’t be surprised if, sometime soon, cans of cola come with Some additional warnings on the label.

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