A new study has determined that poorer childhood cognition occurred, particularly in memory and learning, when pregnant women or their offspring consumed greater quantities of sugar. Substituting diet soda for sugar-sweetened versions during pregnancy also appeared to have negative effects. However, children’s fruit consumption had beneficial effects and was associated with higher cognitive scores.
After more than a decade of research, this much we know: it’s good for your brain to know another language. A new study goes further, however, focusing specifically on the effects of knowing a second language for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment.