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MIND Diet: Real food for thought

MIND Diet: Real food for thought

There are hundreds of diets including the Mediterranean Diet and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) out there devoted to both losing weights, preventing diabetes and helping keep the heart healthy. Now researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago believe they have uncovered the dietary key to reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s and maintaining healthy brains through the MIND Diet (which actually stands for Mediterranean-Dash Intervention for the Neurodegenerative delay). The plan (developed in 2015) not only includes lots of dark leafy green vegetables such as bok choy, spinach, broccoli, kale, and collard greens, etc. along with a serving of “colorful” vegetables, it recommends eating 3 servings of brown rice and other whole grains daily, as well as consuming plenty of fresh or frozen berries at least twice weekly. At the same time, an ounce of nuts can be enjoyed as a daily treat. 3-4 oz, of fish and poultry, should also be eaten at least once a week while beans and other legumes should be consumed every other day.

The plan (developed in 2015) not only includes lots of dark leafy green vegetables such as bok choy, spinach, broccoli, kale, and collard greens, etc. along with a serving of “colorful” vegetables, it recommends eating 3 servings of brown rice and other whole grains daily, as well as consuming plenty of fresh or frozen berries at least twice weekly. At the same time, an ounce of nuts can be enjoyed as a daily treat. 3-4 oz, of fish and poultry, should also be eaten at least once a week while beans and other legumes should be consumed every other day.

The MIND diet also calls for limiting amounts of red meat and sweets to no more than 5 servings per week and cutting down the use of butter or margarine to just 1 tablespoon a day. Instead, planners state that dieters should stick to olive oil instead. And while the diet does allow for cheese and fried foods, they too should be limited to less than 1 oz per week. However, a 5 oz glass of red wine or unsweetened (purple) grape juice should also be enjoyed every day.

Although scientists still don’t have a clue of how to “fix” Alzheimer’s, the Rush University team did find that by combining the Mediterranean and DASH during a 4-year study involving 960 senior citizens those that followed the regimen religiously were able to lower their risk of developing Alzheimer’s by approximately 53%. Even the participants who only followed the plan “moderately” showed a reduced risk of more than 35%. And while the diet has proven to be extremely beneficial for aging Baby Boomers, the scientists hope that it will also be followed by Gen-Xers and Millennials who want to maintain their own minds as they continue to mature.

Meanwhile, it should be noted that the MIND Diet was rated the “easiest-to-follow” plan last year by US News & World Report, which also deemed it to be the “2nd best diet overall,” after comparing the plan to 38 other “well-known” dietary programs.

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