Few people understand the major role foods play in brain health and mental function. There are some foods that can actually damage the brain. Here are some foods to avoid completely!!
Saturated fats come mainly from fatty meats and dairy products. Trans fats, listed on food labels as “partially hydrogenated” oil, are man-made oils that have been CHEMICALLY transformed from a liquid to a solid to extend shelf life. Trans fats are found in many baked or fried snack foods as well as commercially baked goods:
Saturated fats and trans fats contribute to the creation of free radicals, which are molecules with unpaired electrons. These cause INFLAMMATION of the BRAIN, contributing to neuron DEATH and Alzheimer’s disease.
Refined starchy foods, like white breads, white rice, and pasta are unhealthy for our bodies and our brains because they have been stripped of all fiber and nutrients. Refined starch quickly converts to sugar in the blood stream causing a spike in blood sugar levels. When we eat large amounts of refined starch or sugar the spike in blood sugar is too high. The insulin reaction then drives blood sugar to levels that are too low. This makes us feel hungry soon after we eat, triggering a craving for more starchy foods. This creates a cycle that has negative effects on our bodies. It causes overeating to satisfy cravings, which lead to weight gain and cognitive impairment. Blood sugar swings which are associated with mood swings and depression, and when blood-sugar levels are extremely low, the brain doesn’t get enough fuel and is not able to function properly.
Eating too much sugar triggers the same cycle as refined starches. Sugar is hidden in a lot of foods we might not classify as ‘sugary’. High fructose corn syrup is a big offender. I don’t care what the woman in the corn field says about it being harmless. It is used to prevent freezer burn in frozen foods and the shelf life of foods. It is snuck into many snacks, sauces, soup and other foods. This evil sweetener blocks the hormone leptin, that tells your brain when it is time to stop eating. At the same time, it does not block another hormone called gherlin, which increases appetite. Want to be fat…eat foods with high fructose corn syrup. Beware of these other sugars:
Glucose or Dextrose
EAT LESS SUGAR!!!
What CAN you eat to help your brain stay healthy?
Organically raised poultry and lean beef are great sources of healthy fats. Grass-fed beef is particularly good and contains many of the same healthy fats as fish. Good fats are good for us. Good fats have longer molecules than bad fats. This is why these two fats effect our bodies and brains very differently. Good fats release a hormone called CCK, which signals the stomach to feel full. People who eat foods rich in good fats have a 40% less chance of getting Alzheimer’s than those who do not. Good sources of fats include: