Explosive book claims cereal destroys your brain

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013. Filed under: Books Destinations Food & Dining Health & Fitness Home & Garden Online Videos
"Grain Brain" ©Grain Brain

“Grain Brain”
©Grain Brain

(Relaxnews) – Every time you tuck into a bowl of cereal or plate of pasta, you’re killing your brain. That’s the dramatic diagnosis of a US neurologist whose recently published New York Times best seller has captured media headlines for calling wheat, carbohydrates and sugar “the brain’s silent killer.”

According to Dr. David Perlmutter’s book “Grain Brain,” all carbs — even the ones that are touted as healthy like whole grains — can cause everything from dementia, ADHD and anxiety to chronic headaches and depression.

In fact, the Florida-based neurologist goes so far as to claim that the human requirement for dietary carbs is “none — none whatsoever.”

According to a US neurologist, this bowl of cereal is a brain killer. ©Eduardo Rocha/shutterstock.com

According to a US neurologist, this bowl of cereal is a brain killer.
©Eduardo Rocha/shutterstock.com

It’s a theory that goes beyond simply advocating a low-carb diet for weight loss, or a gluten-free diet for those who suffer from celiac disease or gastrointestinal discomfort. Instead, the bold claims turn the pillars of the Western diet on their head, vilifying whole grains and wheat as agents of disease.

Perlmutter’s take on the best dietary way to optimize brain power? A fat-rich, low-carb diet.

Foods he approves of, for instance, include avocados, olive oil, nuts, cheeses and salmon. Foods high on the Glycemic Index and those that contain gluten should be avoided, including foods that have long been touted as healthy forms of carbs such as wheat, rye, bulgur, barley and oats.

In essence, Perlmutter’s prescription for a brain-friendly diet could be described as a variation of the gluten-free diet, the Paleo diet or the Atkins diet. On the last, the doctor tries to differentiate the Grain Brain diet by saying that while the Atkins diet makes no distinction between fatty, grain-fed meats, which are high in inflammatory Omega-6 fats, Perlmutter recommends meat, fowl and fish that are grass-fed, free range or wild caught.

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