Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs)

Ages

AGEs are proteins that become glycated when exposed to sugars. They are formed whenever you cook food at very high temperatures – like deep frying or barbecuing – which results in browning or charring. They can also be found in sugary foods, processed meat, and most prepackaged food products. Just like trans fats, AGEs are known to cause amyloid plaque in your brain, which increases the risk of dementia.

Aluminum

Aluminum

How did the food industry ever convince us that a heavy metal is safe to consume? The truth is that our bodies have simply not evolved to consume aluminum on a regular basis. Despite this fact, it is used in pretty much everything we consume, from milk formulas to baking powder, processed cheese, pickles, and a number of other food products.

It is also found in cookware, beverage bottles, and other utensils that we use on an everyday basis. While scientists still do not know exactly why and how aluminum increases the risk of dementia, it is proven that heavy metals, in general, are known to damage brain tissue. Also, Alzheimer’s patients generally tend to have high levels of aluminum in their brains, which is yet another indication that the heavy metal could lead to cognitive impairment.

Aspartame

Aspartame

Of all the ingredients on this list, this is perhaps the most dangerous, because many people genuinely believe that aspartame is a healthy alternative to sugar. It is just as harmful, if not more, as refined sugar. When consumed, it is broken down into amino acids and methanol.

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Methanol, when consumed in high quantities, can lead to several neurological complications, including seizures, brain tumors, and dementia. It is highly advisable to avoid diet drinks, sweetened yogurt, cereals, and other such food substances that are known to contain aspartame.

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