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Good Food for Your Body and Mind

Reporter: Shannon Samson

Junk food isn't good for your heart and research now shows it's not good for your mind either.

Last week, I showed you what you can do to maintain your brain, now here's what you should eat. Alzheimer's Association executive director Shari Sherman says you should be spending most of your time in the produce section to find foods that protect your brain function. "The darker the better as far as vegetables and fruits that are good for your brain. So, these are things that we're looking for" 

Purple, red, orange, green.... They all contain vitamins and antioxidants that fight off disease. Color also matters in the bread section. Sherman says, "Oat bran, the dark ones, certainly any of the ones that have whole grains are better than the white breads that are more processed."

You can find whole grains in the cereal section too. They're foods you've been told to eat to lose weight and protect your heart and now, add your brain to that list too. Sherman says, "A lot of the research that has been going on with the body, we're now seeing that some of those same things are helping the brain."

Add fish to the grocery list, particularly salmon, which is rich in omega-three fatty acids, but higher in calories than other choices from the sea. Sherman says, "Don't have too much of one particular thing. There are other ways to get those omega three fatty acids."

Nuts, particularly almonds, are a good source too. If you need some incentive to eat healthy, head back to the produce section for this reminder. Sherman says, "A two-pound cauliflower is about the size of a brain and it has very much the same texture of your brains." The bushy texture means there are plenty of pathways connecting brain cells, which are missing from the brains of Alzheimer's patients.

Learn more and get some recipes at a workshop offered by the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. It's July 26th at seven pm at the YMCA on Evansville's east side. Space is limited, so you're asked to pre-register. To do so, call 1-800-272-3900 or click here. The cost of the workshop is ten dollars.

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