It’s likely that you’ve heard of the Mediterranean diet before. Composed mostly of foods common in the Mediterranean region including fish, olive oil, whole grains, beans, vegetables and fruit, this diet is low in saturated fat, meat, and dairy products.
While previous research has suggested that a regular diet of those foods common in the Mediterranean can have positive effects on heart health, it appears a Mediterranean diet may also be good for your brain. According to a recent study published in the Archives of Neurology, people who ate a diet similar to the Mediterranean were less likely to develop Mild Cognitive Impairment and were also less likely for this impairment to turn into Alzheimer’s disease.
The more we learn about our bodies, the clearer it is that what we eat truly affects every aspect of our health. Eating a diet rich in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables as well as beans and healthy oils (like olive and canola oil) is not only good for our hearts, it’s apparently good for our heads, too. This month, while we’re focused on heart health, why not get a two-for-one benefit by adding some new foods to your diet?
Try incorporating more vegetables into your dinners or consider trading your pasta in for some brown rice or quinoa. A few small changes can add up to big benefits for your health.
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