When I was growing up, Fridays were meatless. That often meant fish for dinner. I wasn’t crazy about it although I do really love fish now and have it way more than on just the occasional Friday.
My parents always insisted we should eat the fish because it was “brain food.” I don’t know why they said that, but as is so often the case, moms and dads know best.
A couple of years ago the MIND diet was developed at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago when researchers identified certain foods that appear to reduce cognitive decline such as Alzheimer’s disease or senile dementia.
Good foods are: leafy salad greens, other colorful vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil, and a daily glass of wine.
Unfortunately, researchers also identified foods that had a deleterious effect of brain health. See if you can guess…red meat, butter/margarine, cheese, pastries and sweets, fried foods.
I don’t think this is particularly surprising or brand new information. The plan does allow for some red meat and sweets — no more than five servings (small servings) per week. If you want cheese, a one ounce serving per week is allowed.
I try to eat healthy most of the time. Since there has been quite a bit of dementia in my family I think I will be more aware of using olive oil instead of butter. And nuts with a glass of red wine makes a nice dessert as far as I am concerned.