Researchers from the Cedars-Sinai Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute looked at how the health effects of a diet high in unhealthy fats and sugar differed between male and female mice—and let’s just say the girls fared better.
During the study, the mice were fed a steady diet of what could be compared to greasy burgers and sugary soft drinks. While the female mice showed no changes in healthy heart and brain function, the males were not so lucky. Their brains showed signs of inflammation, and significant damaged was noted to their hearts. Although researchers could not say for sure why the females were protected against the negative effects, they believe it may have something to do with their body chemistry.
Still, the results don’t mean a free pass for the ladies, and many experts recommend a low-sugar (or better yet, no-sugar) diet rich in protein and healthy fats (such as fish-derived Omega-3) to support weight management and health.