8 Processed Foods that Could Increase Your Alzheimer’s RiskThe Alzheimer's Site
Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, scientists work hard every day to try to come closer to solving the puzzle of this debilitating disease. One change you may consider is avoiding certain processed foods to try to prevent cognitive decline later in life. Examine these eight common foods that might rob your brain of power and memory as you grow older. Instead, eat healthier, with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables alongside lean-protein foods.
8. Processed CheesesProcessed cheeses, even cheese products sold as cheese slices, may cause proteins associated with Alzheimer’s to build up in the body. Go with some of the delicious natural alternatives!
7. Processed MeatsProcessed meats, such as sausages, hot dogs, bacon, cold cuts and canned meats, contain nitrates as preservatives. The liver converts these nitrates into substances that can reduce your brain’s normal functioning. Recent studies have shown a substantial link exists; play it safe and go easy on these tasty treats.
6. PastaPasta is made from white flour, and this type of refined food may create insulin spikes in your body. Insulin spikes also affect the brain by sending chemicals into the bloodstream that alter your brain’s chemistry over time. Instead, eat whole-grain pasta as a healthier alternative. Whole grains undergo less processing compared to ordinary flour.
5. White Bread/Flour
White bread, made with white flour, has the same problem as pasta. The white, processed flour causes insulin spikes in your blood stream. Whole-grain breads won’t entirely resolve the problem, but they do help!