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Late night snacks can harm your brain seriously: study

Published Jan 10, 2016, 1:14 pm IST
Updated Mar 26, 2019, 10:40 am IST
The study was done by the Scientist of the University of California.
 The study was done by the Scientist of the University of California.

Enjoying food late at night might seem to be real fun for you but it may harm your brain on a serious note. The hippocampus in the brain where memories are formed gets affected while digesting food at night.

The study by the Scientist of the University of California in LA, found that people eating food during sleeping time were less able to recall and also their long-term memories has been affected.

Consumption of food at night raises blood-sugar level which can lead to diabetes and heart problems. The experiment done on mice proved that eating at night can seriously affect memory.

Mice usually ate at night but some were fed during the day time. After that they were given a mild shock and were kept at their place. Next day the mice fed at night gave fear response indicating that they remember the shock while the one’s who ate during the normal day time didn’t give any reaction.

Same is been followed in human. Due to the busy and various working time-schedule, it becomes difficult to have food on proper time. Hence affecting memory and causing learning disabilities.

Lead author Dawn Loh said: ‘We have provided the first evidence that taking regular meals at the wrong time of day has far-reaching effects for learning and memory. ‘Since many people find themselves working or playing during times when they’d normally be asleep, it is important to know that this could dull some of the functions of the brain’.

Professor Christopher Colwell from UCLA said: ‘Modern schedules can lead us to eat around the clock so it is important to understand how the timing of food can impact cogitation. ‘For the first time, we have shown that simply adjusting the time when food is made available alters the molecular clock in the hippocampus and can alter the cognitive performance of mice.’



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