Science Says the Mediterranean Diet Will Keep Your Mind Healthy

This may sound crazy, but new research shows that certain foods might change the size of our brains. Everyday Health reports that eating too much meat may shrink your brain, while the Mediterranean diet (more fish, vegetables, fruit, grains, and olive oil) seems to have the opposite affect. A Mediterranean diet helps your brain stay in good shape as you age and can give it a larger volume.

“It was encouraging to see that the more you adhere to this Mediterranean diet, the more protection you get against brain atrophy [shrinkage]. For people interested in the diet and lifestyle factors leading to better health, this is another study consistent with previous studies that indicate the Mediterranean diet is a healthy diet,” says Yian Gu, an assistant professor of neuropsychology at Columbia, and author of the study.

Gu recommends that no more than 3.5 ounces of meat are consumed each day, and that at least three to five ounces of fish should be eaten weekly.

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