Let’s start 2014 with fresh food choices to enhance your health! Increasingly research tells us that our food choices have a significant impact on senior’s physical and mental health.
A new study published December 28th, 2012 in the Neurology Journal clearly identified that eating fast food is directly connected to brain shrinkage leading to Alzheimer’s disease. The effects on the brain are related to the trans fat blood levels in all your favourite fast foods. The study by G.L. Bowman et al is titled “Nutrient biomarker patterns, cognitive function, and MRI measure of brain aging”. Examples of fast foods with trans fats are: fried chicken, most fried Chinese foods, fried fish sandwiches, French fries, hamburgers, hot dogs, fried apple pies, donuts, crackers, potato chips, margarine, and even microwave popped corn, to mention a few.
Researchers found that trans fats were the key artery damaging ingredient. When you read the words “partially hydrogenated oils” you know that the foods you are eating contain the dangerous trans fats. Partially hydrogenated oils are used to extend the shelf life, flavour, and consistency of highly processed fast foods and snacks. But the truth of the matter is that in seniors they harden our arteries, increase the risk of heart attack and lead to Alzheimer’s disease. But the real clincher for me was that in addition to shrinking the brain, the high levels of trans fats also caused significant reduced memory problems and attention span along with reduced language skills and the ability to process information properly. Think about this the next time you order your favourite fast food!
An interesting and positive lesson from this study was that they found that people who consume organic and natural diets high in vitamins B, C, D and E and rich in omega fatty acids were reported to have larger brains and showed strong cognitive abilities identified with a brain with healthy blood vessels! The organic and natural foods high in vitamins B, C, D, and E helped to boost the volume and performance of a senior’s brain functions. High levels of omega fatty acids in seniors were connected with better performing executive functioning related to planning abilities, problem solving and multi-tasking than seniors with low levels of omega fatty acids.
If you want quality of life and strong brain functions well into your 80’s you must make healthy choices now! Make 2014 a new start to healthy eating and have Healthy Chef Delivery organic and natural meals delivered to your door.
Written by Judy Dahm, freelance writer, Health Coach, Calgary, Alberta