Neurologist claims grains are destroying our brains. If you had cereal for breakfast or just scoffed a sandwich for lunch, maybe don’t read this. Because grains are destroying your brain, according to this doctor.
David Perlmutter, a renowned neurologist and president of the Perlmutter Health Center in Naples, Florida, says there’s a close relationship between lifestyle, our modern diet and dementia.
Dr Perlmutter, who has just released a New York Times best-selling book Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers says it’s not just unhealthy carbs that should be cut.
He says eating grains can lead to dementia, chronic headaches, depression, epilepsy and other health problems.
“Even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more,” hiswebsite says.
Dr Perlmutter, a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, says our brains thrive on fat and cholesterol but suffer when we eat grains.
He says that Alzheimer’s and other debilitating diseases are preventable with major lifestyle and dietary changes.
In a piece on Mind Body Green, The Surprising Ways Grains Are Destroying Your Brain , Dr Perlmutter says that despite advances in medical science, society is desperately losing the battle when it comes to the condition.
“Lifestyle factors are profoundly influential in determining risk for Alzheimer’s, and yet, perhaps because they cannot be monetised, no one is bringing this information to public awareness,” he wrote.
He says the risk of Alzheimer’s disease can be reduced by adopting a dramatically lower carbohydrate diet (below 60-80 grams daily), adding more fats – such as extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, grass-fed beef, and wild caught fish – to the diet, doing aerobic exercise and taking a DHA supplement.
Dr Perlmutter told Forbes his suggested menu adheres more closely to the way mankind has eaten for most of human history.
“Perlmutter says we need to return to the eating habits of early man, a diet generally thought to be about 75% fat and 5% carbs. The average U.S. diet today features about 60% carbs and 20% fat. (A 20% share of dietary protein has remained fairly consistent, experts believe.)” Forbes reports.
“Human genes, he says, have evolved over thousands of years to accommodate a high-fat, low-carb diet. But today we feed our bodies almost the opposite, with seemingly major effects on our brains.”
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