Remember That Deep Dish Pizza?

You probably have fond memories of certain dining experiences. Not the ambiance or the occasion. The fat. In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that oleic acids from fats are transformed into a compound called oleoylethanolamide that serves as a catalyst for memory consolidation. So superficial short-term memories the experience of eating pizza become meaningful long-term memories.

The Bigger Picture: Scientists theorize that this mechanism may have been ingrained in early humans for survival. The problem is, fats aren't exactly in short supply in today's world. Although the experience may trigger happy thoughts, it's a good idea to think past those feelings and let worries about your waistline weigh in on high-fat food choices.
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