Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Research Provides Evidence that the Mediterranean Diet is Good for the Mind

Many studies have been conducted studying the benefits and nutritional components of the Mediterranean Diet. This diet usually includes higher levels of olive oil, vegetables, fish and fruit. Following this lifestyle leads to higher intakes of fruits, vegetables and fish and lower intakes of dairy products and meat. Much of the diet consists of fresh, minimally processed, plant based foods that are high in monounsaturated fats. New and reviewed research confirms that a higher adherence to a Mediterranean diet was associated with better cognitive function, lower rates of cognitive decline and a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Here are some tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to adopt this lifestyle:

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