Your MIND Diet Questions, Answered!

It’s only been four months since The MIND Diet book launched, and in that time I’ve gotten so many great comments and questions via e-mail. I thought I’d go ahead and get some answers out to everyone here, and also open my “office hours” to even more of your questions (see the bottom of this post for a link to a super-quick form to submit questions, and a chance to win a copy of the book).

The response has been amazing. Thank you for the kind words, getting your own copy of the book, letting others know about the book, or doing all three! The book has had success on the Amazon best-seller’s list for Alzheimer’s & Dementia books, and I’m so glad this simple and evidence-based healthy eating pattern is getting attention.

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This Month’s Hot Topic

The number one question I’ve received this month is about eggs and how they fit in the MIND diet. Since they’re not specifically included or excluded in the MIND diet research, people are left wondering if it’s ok to eat eggs.

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The Answer on Eggs in the MIND Diet

It’s true, eggs are not called out in the MIND diet one way or another.
I included many recipes in the book and on
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A new study just came out this month that showed how eating eggs improved cognitive performance. There were improvements in verbal fluency as well as frontal lobe functioning, which is an area of the brain that helps with problem solving, spontaneity, memory, language, initiation, judgement, impulse control, and social and sexual behavior. Just to clear up any lingering doubts, it also showed that dietary cholesterol and egg intake are not associated with risk of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. This is more eggscellent (sorry, I had to) news for omelet lovers everywhere.

The study was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and was conducted over about 22 years among nearly 2500 older Finnish men.

Ask Me Another!

What else do you want to know? I’m all ears. Please let me know in this really quick questionnaire. As a thank you for your time, you can enter for a chance to win a copy of the book, too!

 

No Really, I’m Dying to Hear From You

What do you want to know about the MIND diet, or nutrition for brain health in general? Want to know more about the science? Or maybe something closer to home, like how to meal plan with MIND diet foods, or healthy alternatives for the brain-harming foods in your fridge.

I really really honestly and truly enjoy hearing your questions, and want to know what you want to know. 🙂 Please let me know in this really quick questionnaire. And don’t forget, there’s a sign up in that questionnaire for a chance to win a copy of the book, too!

4 thoughts on “Your MIND Diet Questions, Answered!

  1. Maggie, I am just beginning the eating plan (waiting for my book to arrive in the mail) and have a number of questions about foods. You mentioned eggs in this post, but did not mention if there is a limit/week or if they should replace a protein or be an addition to the beans/chicken/fish per week. My other questions are about how bananas, chia seeds, raw cocoa powder and protein powder can fit or should not fit into The Mind Diet. I’m sure I’ll have other questions after reading the book, but until then I’ll keep doing my best to have the best mind health ever. Thank you!

    1. Hi Laura,
      These are great questions, and I’d love to hear how you’re doing on the MIND diet. Eggs can be included in your balanced eating pattern as much as makes sense for you; a good rule of thumb is to average out to about an egg a day. Eggs can be in addition to beans, chicken, and fish to add protein and other important nutrients to your eating pattern.

      I love bananas, chia seeds, and cocoa powder (though I don’t discriminate if it isn’t labeled “raw,” just as long as there’s no added sugar). Protein powder is a supplement, so that’s how I think of it — not as an integral part of a regular diet, but only used if needed to meet protein needs. Working directly with a qualified registered dietitian can help you determine if you need additional protein. You can find an RD near you by following this link: https://www.eatright.org/find-an-expert.

  2. I do not tweet. So I am asking my question hear. PLEASE answer it. What about cornmeal. My husband LOVES cornbread and we eat several times a week. If cornmeal is out. What would you recommend for him to use to cornbread?

    We are starting your MIND diet tomorrow.

    1. Hi Carla,
      Sorry I’m seeing this so late. Corn is a whole grain, so cornmeal is OK on the MIND diet. Cornbread is usually made with added sugar and butter. I find that in just about all recipes, you can cut back 20-percent of the sugar and not even notice a difference. I tend to cut sugar in recipes by at least a third and still don’t notice, but I’ll leave that up to your taste buds. For the butter, swapping in olive oil works great, and adds antioxidant polyphenols. Hope this helps!

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