The term “nutrient” can refer to vitamins and minerals, or even less-well-known nutrients, such as flavonoids. All these are im-portant, but the big picture when it comes to nutrition and brain power concerns what are referred to as “macronutrients”: fats, carbohydrates (“carbs”), and protein. It’s no wonder that so many
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I’m sure you’ve read something like this: “Eat this food, not that food…more of this, less of that…eat your food in this particular order, at this time of day and on this day of the week…” It’s a confusing and exhausting set of mixed messages. All the conflicting information out
You might already think of nutrition advice as mostly a lot of “don’ts.” Yes, it sometimes may seem that newspapers, magazines, television shows, and websites are full of dire warnings about what not to eat. As we saw in the previous chapter, however, scien-tific evidence supports plenty of healthful choices
Before you begin reading this book, you might be wondering if it’s worth making dietary and lifestyle changes to protect your heart and your brain—especially if cardiovascular disease or dementia runs in your family. Genetics certainly play a role, but your genes are not your destiny. Research suggests a healthy
Is it ever a good idea to eat high cholesterol foods? Despite the cholesterol in eggs, recent research is causing many doctors to put eggs back on their breakfast plates.
If you Google “natural remedies for high cholesterol” you will get millions of hits. As you scroll through them, you’ll see that what “natural” means is in the eye of the beholder. For many people, natural means dietary supplements or “superfoods” thought to have special cholesterol-fighting properties. But in the
Fats, Carbohydrates, and Protein
You hear a lot about “nutrients,” by which people typically mean vitamins, minerals, or even less-well-known nutrients such as flavonoids. The fundamental nutrients, however, are the familiar fats, carbohydrates, and protein. These are so basic to the nutritional quality of the foods we eat that their relative
Older Adults May Need More
If you’ve dismissed the drumbeat of marketing products packed with protein as mostly hype, you’re a smart consumer: Most Americans get plenty of protein already. However, an emerging scientific consensus says older adults may gain benefits from increasing their protein intake beyond the current dietary recommendations.
When choosing foods that will benefit both your heart and brain, it pays to think in terms of tradeoffs. Even healthy foods contain calories, and if you eat too many calories, you will gain weight and increase your risk of cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline. That’s why nutrition experts advise
You’ve surely heard the phrases “brain food” and “heart-healthy diet.” While some foods do seem to have specific brain benefits, in general, scientists are discovering that a diet that supports a healthy brain is also heart-healthy fare and vice versa. Learning which foods your brain and heart need to function