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Dietary Fats That Improve Brain Function

It might be possible to manipulate our dietary fat intact in order to treat or prevent disorders of cognitive function Read More

So only monounsaturated helped?

Your conclusion states that monounsaturated fats seemed to improve memory and learning. So polyunsaturated fats had no effect? Immediate after, you state that we would benefit from canola, olive, and fish oils -- of which fish oils are typically in the polyunsaturated group (if your premise is correct at the beginning of article). This last statement just seemed contradictory in that case. Could you please clarify? Thanks! :)

fish oils are polyunsaturarted

The inclusion of fish oil was inaccurate and the blog has now been corrected. Thank you for bringing that to my attention.

Both are Good

Interesting article - thanks!

Not that I need any more excuses to use my beloved olive oil. I just hope that some people reading your article don't assume that they should ditch fish oils . . . they have great benefits for our body in other ways.

Yay for good fats!


Many other studies show that Omega 3 fats are even better/more important than monounsaturated (although it's certainly not either/or), and that it is Omega 6 fats that are the ones to reduce in favor of the others.

You don't state whether the study used ANY mix of polyunsaturated fats or the usual modern American foods/oils which are high in Omega 6. Did they do a comparison of a diet BALANCED in polyunsaturated fats (Omega 3, 6, etc.) vs monos, or was it the typical UNBALANCED, too high in Omega 6, diet that was compared to monos?

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Gary L. Wenk, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience & Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics at the Ohio State University.


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