It’s a good bet 100% of people want to do what they can to protect their memory and their overall health. But some of the foods you — and nearly everyone else — are eating, harm your brain in terms of memory issues, and also in its ability to learn. That was the conclusion of a UCLA study published in the Journal of Physiology that found a diet high in this substance over time can lead to impaired memory and impaired ability to learn.
Note re: fructose in natural whole fruits. Yes, they do contain fructose. However, it’s generally much less than the amount in sweetened drinks, or sweetened junk foods. And, probably most importantly, natural fruits also contain phytonutrients, antioxidants, and fiber that counteracts any negative effects of the fructose in them. You may want to consider limiting the amount of fruit you eat in a day due to the sugar and fructose content of them, but the fructose in them is at least countered by the other helpful ingredients mentioned that they contain.
Fresh lemon juice has even been shown to help control blood sugar response from a meal — another bonus. Lemons are best known for their vitamin C content, but their fiber and acidity also slow digestion, causing a steadier rise in blood sugar levels. Sprinkle lemon juice on white rice to lower the GI of the rice, or drink lemon water with your meal. It’s been reported that one to two tablespoons of lemon juice may reduce the impact of a meal on your blood sugar by as much as 30 percent .
Lemons are on the American Diabetes Association’s superfood list because of their soluble fiber content. Fiber is a carbohydrate, but your body can’t break it down so it does not impact your blood sugar levels. Soluble fiber in particular stabilizes blood sugar by slowing the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream. Some suggested uses we found were to add lemon slices to water to sip on throughout the day, or add fresh lemon juice to hot and cold unsweetened teas. Splash lemon onto rice dishes, onto pasta with fresh vegetables or as a seasoning for poultry and fish. It’s said best to use fully ripe, heavy, thin-skinned lemons, because they have more minerals than thick-skinned lemons. Lemons can be kept at room temperature away from sunlight for up to a week and then should be kept in your crisper drawer.
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