MIND stands for the Mediterranean - DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay diet and is a combination of the Mediterranean Diet and the DASH ( Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) eating plans. This diet was developed at Rush University in Chicago and is touted as an eating plan that may reduce a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease if they follow the diet consistently over a long period of time.
The eating plan has 10 “brain healthy” food groups that are supposed to be eaten regularly:
• Green leafy vegetables and other vegetables and beans
• Whole grains
• Fish and Poultry
• Olive oil
• Wine ( 1 glass/day)
Five groups to be limited or avoided:
• Red Meats
• Butter and stick margarine
• Pastries and sweets
• Fried or fast food
Bottom Line: Since research on this diet is still very preliminary it will be interesting to see if it does show any benefit. Overall the food recommendations are not extreme and increasing our intake of vegetables, berries, beans and whole grains in place of fried and fast foods and sweets is a good idea.
Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN
Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian