Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – The Worst Foods for People with Memory Loss
A healthy diet does more than just make us look good in the mirror. It improves our heart health, lowers our risk for diabetes, and keeps our minds healthy. In fact, studies have shown that a poor diet impacts memory and increases a person’s chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Basically, what you eat can have a negative impact on your memory, cognitive function, and emotional health.
Your brain needs fuel. It requires healthy fats, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and adequate vitamins and minerals. Consuming too little of these foods and too many complex carbohydrates, processed foods and sugar stimulates the production of toxins in the body. Those toxins can lead to inflammation, the build-up of plaques in the brain and, as a result, impaired cognitive function.
Here’s a list of the worst foods people with Alzheimer’s can eat:
- Processed cheeses
Including American cheese, mozzarella sticks, Cheez Whiz and Laughing Cow. These foods build up proteins in the body that have been associated with Alzheimer’s.
- Processed meats
Processed meats such as bacon, smoked turkey from the deli counter and ham. Smoked meats like these cause the liver to produce fats that are toxic to the brain.
Most beers contain nitrites, which have been linked to Alzheimer’s.
- White foods
Including pasta, cakes, white sugar, white rice and white bread. Consuming these causes a spike in insulin production and sends toxins to the brain.
Microwave popcorn contains a chemical that may increase amyloid plaques in the brain. Research has linked a buildup of amyloid plaques to Alzheimer’s disease.
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