Want to do everything you can to minimize your chance of getting Alzheimer’s disease? Research has found that a new diet, known as MIND, can lower your Alzheimer's risk by 35 to 53 percent, depending on how rigorously you stick to it. A hybrid of the Mediterranean Diet and the American Heart Association-endorsed DASH diet, MIND relegates 15 primary foods into brain-healthy and brain-unhealthy categories.
Healthy: green leafy vegetables, other vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil and wine
Unhealthy: red meats, butter and stick margarine, cheese, pastries and sweets, and fried or fast food
Basically, you should limit saturated fats and sugar, eat fruits, veggies and whole grains often, and include fish in at least one meal a week, says Morris, who co-authored the MIND Diet study. And if you absolutely love French fries or pizza or other foods designated as “unhealthy?” “I wouldn’t say stop eating them, because some people really like those food items,” she says. “You should just restrict them. Maybe those foods can be your weekly treat. You’ll probably like them even better that way.”