6 Foods You Should Avoid, According to Brain Docs

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

 

You hear plenty about brain-boosting foods like berries and salmon that can save your memory and keep your brain sharp. And yes, you're smart for eating them. But what about the cognitive culprits that wreak havoc on your noggin, leading to brain fog, or worse, Alzheimer's? We hit up top brain docs, from neuroscientists to psychologists, for the cranium killers they avoid—because it turns out what you don't eat is just as important as what you do. Here's what's on their "don't" list.

Processed Foods

"In my opinion, it's best to avoid processed foods, including fast food and soda. These foods often contain trans fats, which are harmful for the brain and heart, along with high amounts of sugar and other artificial ingredients. When consumed on a regular basis, these 'faux foods' displace real foods that provide beneficial nutrients for the brain and overall health and wellness. These foods may also promote obesity and inflammation, which are harmful for the brain."

Dianna Purvis Jaffin, PhD, director of strategy and programs at the Center for BrainHealth's Brain Performance Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas

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