Examining the Link Between Diet and Dementia
In today’s vodcast, I chat about the link between diet and dementia based on research studying processed food diets. I also discuss the best time-tested diet to keep our minds and bodies healthy.
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The Link Between Diet and Dementia
In my vodcast, I share a fascinating magazine article that discussed how a traditional foods diet helps to keep our brains healthy.
The article highlighted a research study where scientists fed animals the equivalent of four weeks of processed food. After the four-week diet, the animals were not able to perform basic tasks as well as they were before being fed the processed food diet!
- Research Study: How highly processed foods harm memory in the aging brain
So if a processed food diet can harm brain health, what’s the best diet to follow?
What is the MIND Diet?
In the article, the scientists recommended people eat the MIND diet, which stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurogenerative Delay. As you can surmise from its name, the MIND diet combines aspects of the following diets:
- DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension)
As I discussed in my video, my concern about this recommended eating plan is that it is not a tried-and-true traditional diet. Traditional cultures haven’t followed the eating habits described by the MIND diet over the course of centuries.
The DASH diet is also a modern-day invented diet, and there is some question as to whether or not it should be eaten on a permanent basis. Most people find it too restrictive.
Augmenting the DASH Diet
The MIND diet tries to loosen up some of the DASH diet’s restrictions by adding the framework of the Mediterranean diet. Unfortunately, the MIND diet eliminates foods that have been found crucial to strong bones and teeth, including calcium-rich foods like aged cheese.
If the MIND diet just wanted to eliminate processed cheese slices, I would agree wholeheartedly. But eliminating properly prepared and aged cheeses made from raw milk contradicts diets with real foods that have proven to contribute to good health over thousands of years.
Problem with New Diets
This is where the problems with these new diets occur. These new diets look at selected foods in the grocery store and assert that you should not eat them. Instead, these diets need to focus on promoting real food that is properly prepared.
If dietitians focused on real food, they wouldn’t have to come up with new names or novel guidelines to catch headlines. The dietitians could instead point to existing traditional diets that have been tested over thousands of years.
Mediterranean Diet and Dementia
Now, I don’t think it is any surprise to you that I am a big proponent of the Mediterranean diet. Instead of headline-grabbing new diets like DASH or MIND, we can help keep our modern-day bodies and minds healthy by consuming a diet that healthy people have eaten for millennia!
Here are a few studies that show how the Mediterranean diet helps to reduce the risk of dementia:
- Mediterranean diet may slow development of Alzheimer’s disease
- Mediterranean Diet, Alzheimer Disease Biomarkers, and Brain Atrophy in Old Age
Don’t Follow Ancel Keys’ Diet
But keep in mind, I am talking about the traditional Mediterranean diet, not the one that discredited scientist Ancel Keys tried to turn into a low-fat diet beginning in the “Medicine: The Fat of the Land” article in Time Magazine in 1961.
More recent studies and the discovery of additional information found that Keys’ study may have been misleading, bringing his low-fat recommendations into question. You can learn more with Scientific American’s article, “Records Found in Dusty Basement Undermine Decades of Dietary Advice.”
And probably one of the most interesting articles to read on this subject is from New York Times science writer Gary Taubes’, “What if It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie?“
Learn More About the Mediterranean Diet
To learn more about the traditional Mediterranean diet, be sure to visit my early discussion about the real Mediterranean diet.
And for a deep dive into all about what the people of the Mediterranean region really ate and still eat, be sure to read this insightful article written by Sally Fallon and Dr. Mary Enig.
- Weston A Price Foundation: The Mediterranean Diet: Pasta or Pastrami?
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