Dr. Gourmet serves up culinary treats to protect brain health

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 04:28:22 AM. Dr. Timothy Harlan says Mediterranean-style eating leads to better brain health, and his goal is to show us how easy and tasty that can be.
Dr. Timothy Harlan wants you to eat well. More than that, he wants you be well. Harlan sees them as one in the same. To the thousands of people who visit his website and to the viewers who've seen him on The Food Network, Harlan is better known as Dr. Gourmet -- the chef-turned-physician who provides nutritional information and healthy recipes "so that you can eat great food that just happens to be great for you." If you're looking to keep your mind sharp and reduce your risk of dementia, what you'll get from Harlan's site and his recipes is food for thought. Literally. His eating plan is based on the Mediterranean diet, which has been shown to benefit brain function and reduce the risk of dementia. The Mediterranean diet draws on the healthy foods favored by people living in the region around the Mediterranean Sea. They eat a lot of vegetables, beans, fruits, nuts and whole grains. Their diet emphasizes less red meat and more fish and plant-based protein. They prefer to cook with olive oil and they drink moderate amounts of wine. A study announced at the Alzheimer's Association annual conference in London earlier this year followed nearly 6,000 older adults with an average age of 68 and found those who closely adhered to the Mediterranean diet -- or the MIND diet, which is based on the Mediterranean diet -- had better brain function and a 30 to 35 percent lower risk of cognitive impairment as they aged. Harlan says research going back decades suggests Mediterranean-style...Read more
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