Researchers from the University of Illinois found that a diet consisting of foods with high fat content, affects the ability to learn, and is associated with ADHD (attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity).
The effect of this interconnectedness is so strong that a change in behavior begins to occur after week after increased weight. According to scientists, the reason for this becomes dopamine, a hormone which plays an important role in the regulation of mood.
Scientists conducted a study on mice, during which they were fed rodent food, the fat content which amounted to 60%. A week later the mouse changed their behavior. They began to pass the maze longer than usual, and they could hardly recognize objects.
The study's author, Professor Gregory Freund says that after eating foods high in fats, in the brain of mice worsened the process of dopamine, which led to the deterioration of learning and restless behavior. According to the Professor, after the mice were transferred to a diet low in fat, after one week, their memory was restored. In conclusion, Gregory Freund added that similar changes can happen to children, especially if they have a genetic predisposition to such problems.