Have you ever thought the food that you place into your child’s mouth for consumption? How about yours? Most of the time, people usually thought of diet as a food that we habitually eat. A number of us, due to placement of priority on our figures, have started to become more selective in what we put into our mouth. Yet, many of us forget that food can affect our brains in the long run. In this article, we will be taking a look at 3 current fad diets:
- The Vegan
- Blood Type
1. The Vegan Diet
WHAT: Fruits and vegetable. Does not include meat or animal-derived products such as dairy, seafood, eggs, honey and gelatin
YOUR BRAIN ON THIS DIET: The brain thrives on this diet as dark green vegetables and fruits are extremely high in vitamins, iron, calcium and zinc. They are also high in antioxidants which can stave off Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Brain cells cannot repair or regenerate themselves once they have become weak or died. Creatine, that is found in meat, plays a critical role in developing cognition or intelligence.
HOWEVER: A study at Oxford University in 2008 found that people on a meat-free diet are six times as likely to suffer brain shrinkage. Deficiency of vitamin B12, commonly found in meat, can cause inflammation of the nervous system.
WHAT IT MEANS: Take vitamin B12, Creatine and calcium to fortify your diet if you are a vegan.
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2. The Atkins Diet
WHAT: Cut out all carbohydrates and eat an unlimited amount of protein and fat. Cut out all fruits, beans and vegetable that contains starch.
YOUR BRAIN ON THIS DIET: A healthy brain requires a healthy diet. Complex carbohydrates provide time-released energy for the body to work throughout the day. The brain uses sugar more (20% of carbohydrates consumed) than any other organ and low blood sugar can slow down brain function.
By eliminating fruits and vegetables, the brain will not be getting enough antioxidants which can protect it from the disease.
HOWEVER: Some studies have found that the diet also contributes to heart disease, kidney stones and more.
WHAT IT MEANS: This diet should only be for a short-term plan.
3. Blood Type
• Blood Type O (“the hunter”) should have a high-protein diet and avoid whole wheat completely. O’s are more prone to a sluggish thyroid, weight gain and hyperactivity.
• Blood Type A (“the cultivator”) should not eat any red meat and would benefit from a leafy green vegetarian diet. Type A’s tends to have a more sensitive immune system and should try to avoid smoking.
• Blood Type B (“the nomad”) thrives when consuming meat and dairy products because they have strong digestive abilities, but they are more vulnerable to autoimmune diseases.
• Blood Type AB (“the enigma”) is a hybrid between A and B types. It is suggested that people with this mix should eat fish and stay away from cured meat, since it is linked to cancer. AB tends to have low levels in stomach acids, which can create an overgrowth of certain bacterias.
YOUR BRAIN ON THIS DIET: The Blood Type A diet generally follows the Vegan diet as stated above and have similar effects. The Blood Type O diet is somewhat similar to the Atkins diet as it includes high amounts of protein. However, scientists found that a high-protein diet shrinks the brain and may even boost risk of Alzheimer’s. It is more beneficial to have a moderate amount of protein than a huge amount.
HOWEVER: Blood Type Diet is unsupported by scientific evidence.
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