Scientists have shown that consuming fatty foods can affect alertness and result in fatigue, says a study. These findings are independent of the subjects' gender, age, and body mass index as well as the total amount of sleep they are getting and their total caloric intake, reports Science Daily. "Increased fat consumption has an acute adverse effect on alertness of otherwise healthy, non-obese adults," said principal investigator Alexandros Vgontzas, professor of psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, US.
Results show that higher fat consumption is associated with increased objective daytime sleepiness, while higher carbohydrate intake is associated with increased alertness. There is no relationship between protein consumption and sleepiness or alertness.
"Excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue are very prevalent in the modern world and on the rise," said Vgontzas. "It appears that a diet high in fat decreases alertness acutely, and this may have an impact on an individual's ability to function and also public safety."