OK, the bad news. There's a new confirmation from a study done at the University of California in Los Angeles, that sugar (specifically fructose) in amounts found in about 3 cans of soda a day, can damage brain cells.
This gives some explanation as to why people have been pointing to sugar as one of the culprits causing dementia and autism.
You can read more about the study HERE.
Omega 3 fatty acids were able to reverse the negative effect of the fructose! Hot diggity damn!
(Omega 3) changes not just one or two genes; it seems to push the entire gene pattern back to normal, which is remarkable," said Xia Yang, one of the study's senior authors.
What makes Omega 3s so special, you ask? According to the Harvard School of Public Health:
They are an integral part of cell membranes throughout the body and affect the function of the cell receptors in these membranes. They provide the starting point for making hormones that regulate blood clotting, contraction and relaxation of artery walls, and inflammation. They also bind to receptors in cells that regulate genetic function. Likely due to these effects, omega-3 fats have been shown to help prevent heart disease and stroke, may help control lupus, eczema, and rheumatoid arthritis, and may play protective roles in cancer and other conditions.