Do you have the power to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and actually influence your genes? Could carbohydrates cause conditions ranging from Alzheimer's to anxiety? On his October 21 talk show, Dr. Mehmet Oz featured a guest who authored a controversial new book linking carbohydrates to Alzheimer's and other common conditions: Dr. David Perlmutter, author of "Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers."
A renowned neurologist, Dr. Perlmutter has turned the science of dieting upside down by saying that carbs are bad and eating fat is good. In particular, he contends that you have the power to prevent Alzheimer's by making dramatic changes in the Standard American Diet (SAD).
Dr. Perlmutter believes that following a low-carbohydrate, high fat ketogenic diet is key to protecting the health of your brain. Problems such as headaches, weight gain, depression, diabetes and dementia all are linked to eating too many carbohydrates such as grains and sugar, says this health expert.
So what should you eat? In his book, Dr. Perlmutter provides a 30-day plan designed to help you kick the carbohydrate addiction that is causing so many problems. "Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers" (click for additional details) also offers guidance on supplements that Dr. Perlmutter believes can help you protect your brain.
For those who think "it's too late," Dr. Perlmutter disagrees. You can make lifestyle changes starting today to keep your brain healthy and sharp, reducing your risk for cognitive concerns in the future. In addition, he emphasizes that his program can help with other concerns, including ADHD, chronic stress, migraines, diabetes, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, obesity and even epilepsy.
The main message: To enhance the health of your brain and body, you must be willing to replace grains with fats and protein. It's a radical move in an era where we tend to view whole grains as "good" and fat as "bad," but Dr. Perlmutter's research and success stories provide impressive evidence in favor of his low-carb, high protein, high fat diet program.
So how do you say farewell to "grain brain?" Begin by recognizing the effect of your diet on the health of your brain and body. In contrast to all those diets advocating lots of fruit, vegetables and whole grains, Dr. Perlmutter emphasizes you must cut the carbohydrates in your diet by cutting out or even eliminating these foods.
Among the ones that Dr. Perlmutter wants you to toss from your kitchen: Potatoes, beets, bananas, grapes, pineapple, corn, ice cream, dried fruit, cookies, chips, crackers and all those popular diet foods labeled "fat-free."
What to eat:
- healthy fats like coconut oil
- low-sugar fruits like avocados and pumpkin
- protein such as eggs, wild fish, grass-fed meat
- vegetables such as leafy greens, celery, asparagus
Learn more about Dr. Perlmutter's book "Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers" by clicking here.