Do you know that eating Mediterranean food won’t protect you from Alzheimer’s. A new study has found that ‘convincing evidence’ that eating healthily does not slash the risk of developing dementia. The Mediterranean diet usually rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
A healthy diet includes – eating lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and legumes, omega-3 fatty acids and polyunsaturated fats.
And on the other hand, a poor diet consisted of consuming plenty of sugar-sweetened drinks and fruit juices, red and processed meat, trans fats and salt.
Dr James Pickett, head of research at the Alzheimer’s Society, said, “Dementia is one of the top ten causes of death, and the only one we can’t cure, prevent or even slowdown. It’s estimated that up to a third of cases of dementia could be prevented by changes in lifestyle, including diet.”
He added, “So it’s surprising that this study suggests that diet in midlife does not have an impact on risk of dementia in later life. What we do know is that there are lots of factors which contribute to the development of dementia; some of which we can control.”
But Professor Robert Howard, of University College London said, “The study provides convincing evidence that eating a good quality diet… does not reduce later risk of cognitive decline or dementia.The results are disappointing because they remove a potential easily modifiable dementia risk factor from the table.”