Diet likely plays a role in the development — and prevention — of many chronic mental and physical health conditions. What you eat really does begin to create an outline for what your future health might look like. To maintain a sharp mind, you might just have to give your eating habits a makeover.
Read on to learn more about the diet doctors are recommending more and more for maintaining a healthy mind.
What foods are bad for the brain?
Are there foods that “hurt” your brain? It’s not as easy as it might seem to connect diet with brain-related diseases that don’t have known causes. Scientists are learning more about the possible biological origins of dementia, but we still have a lot to learn.
So far, research suggests a possible link between diets high in added sugar and mental decline. Most of the foods that are potentially harmful to your brain might also have negative long-term effects on your overall health.
Foods to avoid if you want to keep your brain healthy include:
- Doughnuts, store-bought muffins, and other pastries
- White rice, white pasta, and white bread
- Ready-to-eat meals
- Chips, cookies, and other highly processed snack foods.