Saturated fat does not belong to the shopping list of the brain.
This week I want to give you a tip of a very important and interesting non-fiction book:
Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power
The book was released in 2018 and is written by Lisa Mosconi, PhD
Due to better standards of living and progress in medicine life expectancies are higher than ever in the western civilisations. But at the same time lifestyle diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes have exploded. The next to explode shall be the Alzheimer disease. At the moment there are 5,3 million Alzheimer patients in the US. The amount is expected to rise there to 15 million by the year 2050 and worldwide to 132 million.
In this situation it is a highly interesting question can we prevent, postpone or to stop Alzheimer disease with dietary choices. And Mosconi says:
Some foods affect directly to our DNA by activating those good genes that protect from diseases while others switch off the same genes which makes it probable we contract illnesses.
Brainfood was just translated into Finnish. You’ll find my long blog post HERE, if you wish to see. The Google translator is poor, but hope you get the idea.
"Like our bodies, our brains have very specific food requirements. And in this eye-opening book from an author who is both a neuroscientist and a certified integrative nutritionist, we learn what should be on our menu.
Dr. Lisa Mosconi, whose research spans an extraordinary range of specialties including brain science, the microbiome, and nutritional genomics, notes that the dietary needs of the brain are substantially different from those of the other organs, yet few of us have any idea what they might be. Her innovative approach to cognitive health incorporates concepts that most doctors have yet to learn. Busting through advice based on pseudoscience, Dr. Mosconi provides recommendations for a complete food plan, while calling out noteworthy surprises, including why that paleo diet you are following may not be ideal, why avoiding gluten may be a terrible mistake, and how simply getting enough water can dramatically improve alertness.
Including comprehensive lists of what to eat and what to avoid, a detailed quiz that will tell you where you are on the brain health spectrum, and 24 mouth-watering brain-boosting recipes that grow out of Dr. Mosconi’s own childhood in Italy, Brain Food gives us the ultimate plan for a healthy brain. Brain Food will appeal to anyone looking to improve memory, prevent cognitive decline, eliminate brain fog, lift depression, or just sharpen their edge.”