Waste not, Warm not: Food Choices Matter for Climate

December 29, 2017

What we eat matters.
What we grow but waste, might matter even more. Below.

And by the way, your Mom was right.

Futurism:

As the number of people being diagnosed with dementia and other debilitating brain diseases is projected to grow steadily in the coming decades, doctors and researchers are not only looking for effective treatments, but also for ways to promote general brain health. As it turns out, one way to slow brain aging may not be that different from what works for our general physical health: eating salad.

Scientists at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago monitored the diet of 960 elderly people. They discovered that participants who ate up to 1.3 servings of leafy vegetables a day performed better in tests designed to understand how the brain ages than their peers who ate no salad at all. The volunteers were in their early 80s and received a regular “food frequency questionnaire” between 2004 and 2013, along with two cognitive assessments.

Although the researchers could not identify a causal link between vegetable consumption and slower brain aging, they think nutrients like lutein, folate, beta carotene, and phylloquinone — naturally present in leafy greens — may play a part.

The correlation is quite striking, however. Over 10 years of follow-up, people who ate the most salad were found to be on average 11 years younger from a cognitive perspective.

 

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2 Responses to “Waste not, Warm not: Food Choices Matter for Climate”

  1. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    “As it turns out, one way to slow brain aging may not be that different from what works for our general physical health: eating salad.” That might explain a certain Dotard-in-Chief.

  2. J4Zonian Says:

    Lots of good reasons to eat well.

    Lots of good reasons to revolt against the oligarchy. And in the end, if we don’t do that,

    nothing else will matter.


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