The MIND vs. the Mediterranean Diet

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mind 2.JPGThe MIND vs. the Mediterranean Diet

The MIND diet is similar to the Mediterranean diet, except it was designed by scientists, and its components based on what studies have shown help and harm the brain over time. It’s comprised of 10 food groups that should be consumed regularly: Leafy greens, other vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil and wine. And five that we should leave out: Red meat, butter/margarine, cheese, sweets and fried or fast food.

 This sounds a lot like the Mediterranean diet, with a few exceptions. It doesn’t suggest you eat multiple servings of fish per week—one serving should do, the authors say, based on research finding that one serving of fish per week is linked to better brain health, but more than one serving, not so much. And the MIND diet doesn’t suggest you eat fruit other than berries (blueberries are particularly encouraged), since here again, research has simply not shown fruit to help protect the brain. Leafy greens are given their own category in the MIND diet, since research has also shown these to be linked to brain and cognitive health over time.

It’s worth pointing out again that the MIND diet is a variant of the Mediterranean diet, which itself is linked to brain health, with a few science-based tweaks. As more research comes in, the diet will likely get some more, but for now, it seems to take into account the research on the foods that do and don’t help the brain over time.

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Connie’s comments:

My Turkish friend does not like vinegar and so he has leg pains and is also taking STATINs for cholesterol.  He works as a mechanic and also smokes. I have been guiding him with omega 3, acidophilus and pickled greens.

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