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Honored to be quoted in EatingWell’s “6 “Bad” Carbs to Support Your Brain Health, Recommended by Health Experts”

I was delighted to contribute to the recent article in EATINGNWELL about carbohydrates that are actually considered healthy and support brain health, as recognized by multiple medical experts. The article was also piMaintaining brain health is vital for overall well-being, as the brain serves as the command center for the body’s functions. Various lifestyle habits, including regular exercise, sufficient sleep, stress management, and engaging in mentally stimulating activities, contribute to optimal brain function. Additionally, incorporating specific nutrients into the diet, such as omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and B vitamins, can support brain health and reduce the risk of neurodegenerative diseases.

Authored by Lauren Manaker M.S., RDN, the article emphasizes the importance of understanding carbohydrates’ role in brain health., often vilified in certain dietary trends like keto, are essential for brain health as they provide glucose, the brain’s primary energy source. However, not all carbs are created equal, and options high in added sugars may have adverse effects on brain health by promoting inflammation and oxidative stress. Contrary to popular belief, some carb-containing foods traditionally considered “bad” for brain health actually offer benefits when consumed in moderation.

Six “bad” carbs that can support brain health include potatoes, prunes, honey, whole-grain bread, brown rice, and enriched grains. These foods provide essential nutrients such as potassium, antioxidants, fiber, and B vitamins, which contribute to cognitive function and overall brain health. Incorporating a variety of nutritious foods, including these surprising carb sources, into the diet can help maintain brain health and support cognitive function in the long term This popular article has also been picked up by Yahoo and MSN, further spreading awareness about the importance of these foods for brain health.

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Dr. Kulka

Dr. Kulka is a board-certified family medicine physician with 20 years of clinical experience. Placing an emphasis on improving wellness and avoiding illness, Dr. Kulka has a passion for educating people about their health, weight loss options, and specific medical concerns in an easy-to-understand way.

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