The MIND diet (Mediterranean-DASH Diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) created by researchers at Rush University Medical Center has been ranked the easiest diet to follow and the second best overall diet by U.S. News & World Report.
The MIND diet also tied for third for best diet for healthy eating.
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- The MIND diet is a research-based diet and studies show that the MIND diet lowered the risk of Alzheimer's disease by as much as 53 percent in participants who adhered to the diet rigorously, and by about 35 percent in those who followed it moderately well.
- The MIND diet is a hybrid of the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets, both of which have been found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular conditions, like hypertension, heart attack and stroke.
- With the MIND diet, a person who eats at least three servings of whole grains, a salad and one other vegetable every day — along with a glass of wine — snacks most days on nuts, has beans every other day or so, eats poultry and berries at least twice a week and fish at least once a week and benefit.
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- The MIND diet is easier to follow than the Mediterranean diet.
The MIND diet has 15 dietary components, including 10 “brain-healthy food groups” — green leafy vegetables, other vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil and wine — and five unhealthy groups that comprise red meats, butter and stick margarine, cheese, pastries and sweets, and fried or fast food.
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