I happen to have a pretty major sweet tooth. In fact, if I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, I would be perfectly content stuffing my face with chocolate chip cookies until the day I die.
Apparently, I'm not alone when it comes to having a serious sugar addiction.
Yep, the Department of Agriculture found that Americans consumed about 27 pounds of high fructose corn syrup in 2014 alone. I mean, seriously, with sugar stats like this, it's no wonder obesity has become such a problem.
High fructose corn syrup is found in a wide range of tasty foods ranging from delectable desserts and sweetened drinks to syrups and even certain kinds of honey. So unless you want to skip out on all of your favorite snacks for the rest of your life, it can be pretty hard to avoid this unhealthy ingredient.
However, it turns out you might actually be able to satisfy your sweet tooth without suffering the sugary consequences by eating more omega-3s.
That's right, scientists at the University of California in Los Angeles recently discovered that DHA, a particular fatty acid found in omega-3-rich foods like fish, eggs, walnuts, flaxseed and dark, leafy greens, can counteract the adverse effects of consuming high fructose corn syrup.
Apparently, DHA is naturally produced by the brain, but unfortunately the amount of DHA we have isn't enough to combat all the sugar we eat on the reg.
So if you want to lessen the blow of that box of doughnuts you demolished in the conference room when no one was looking this morning, you might want to load up your plate with some DHA-filled food at lunch today.
Plus, DHA also been known to improve learning and memory, so you really have nothing to lose by adding more of this fatty acid into your diet.