Adding brain-boosting foods is only part of why many think the MIND diet had such powerful results. Decreasing brain drainers may have just as much (or more) impact on Alzheimer's risk. So what can you do now to start preventing mental decline? Focus on habits and foods that can boost your brain health and avoid those that negatively impact your body and your brain. By Jamie Vespa, MS, RD
1. Butter and Stick Margarine
Growing evidence seems to link saturated fat to lower cognitive function and both short- and long-term memory. Use brain-healthy olive oil instead, as diets rich in monounsaturated (and polyunsaturated) fatty acids may decrease risk of dementia. Research also indicates that swapping a portion of saturated fat in your diet with plant-based fats and whole grains may reduce your risk for heart disease.
Suggested Intake: Less than 1 tablespoon a day