What is the MIND Diet?
The latest diet craze doesn’t offer any miracle foods or too-good-to-be-true guarantees about blasting belly fat. Rather, it promises to slash your risk of Alzheimer’s-and it actually works.
Research has shown the MIND diet can reduce Alzheimer’s risk by as much as 53 per cent, depending how well you follow it. It’s an encouraging tool for prevention, given that one in three Canadians over the age of 85 suffers from Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia.
The diet’s eating plan is a combination of the plant food and olive-oil-laden Mediterranean diet and the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet, which is low in saturated fat and sugar. The two diets have already been associated with improving heart health and preventing cancer, but it turns out that, together, they can also do wonders for your brain.
“This kind of eating pattern is beneficial for the entire body,” says Rosie Schwartz, a Toronto-based registered dietitian. She explains that, in order to get the best results for your brain and your overall health, your commitment to the MIND diet should be lifelong. “The decrease in brain function doesn’t happen overnight. We should be looking at our future now.”