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Architecting the Perfect Diet

Though pyramids are usually considered to be a sturdy form of architecture, I think the food pyramid, the former USDA nutritional guidelines that underpin the current “My Plate” recommendations, is built on an uneasy foundation that puts brain health at risk. From the daily recommendations for fat consumption, to the 6-8 servings of fruit that load our plate up with sugar, these USDA guidelines ignore what current science has to say about the proper diet for brain health and Alzheimer’s prevention. In this video, I’ll explain just why I think these guidelines are incorrect, and how we should be looking at nutrition.

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  • ri

    i dont think those raw vegans who advocate a high carb very low fat to no fat diet really realize the damage they are doing to their bodies and brain and they tell everyone they have the best diet its the secret to youth and energy and vitality. i know people who have been on this diet and have ended up gorging on the fattiest foods they could find because thats what their bodies were so desperately craving and the ones who stick with it and lose a ton of weight along with their menstral cycle and think thats a good thing probably need a wake up call because last time i checked that wasnt considered a good thing to happen to a woman

  • Jackie

    Hi Dr. Perlmutter,

    I read “Grain Brain” and loved it. I’ve recommended it to friends and family. However, I have a couple questions. I’m wondering about cultures who traditionally have a high-ish carb diet, like the Okinawans/Japanese, but are thin and live long healthy lives. (I’m sure you’ve gotten this question a lot). Also, my mom eats a very high carb diet (lots of rice) and is very sleep deprived, but is underweight, which seems to contradict what you say about eating lots of carbs and being sleep deprived having an impact on weight. I myself try to eat a high fat diet. However, I do juice veggies and was wondering if juicing veggies (no fruit) has a place in a high fat diet, or if it’s too many carbs.

    Thank you!

  • frances

    I am in my first week of trying this new way of eating, however, I love popcorn. I am now using coconut oil. Can I have my popcorn on this diet?

    • David Perlmutter

      Unfortunately popcorn is a no-go on a Grain Brain lifestyle Frances.

  • Rob

    Are all beans on the recommended list ?

  • deb

    Thank you so much for the work and attention on this subject! I’ve read Grain Brain and gifted the book to members of my family for Christmas. I just hope they take to heart and learn from it. My question is, if at times I may want to bake using grains would older forms such as spelt and kamut be okay?
    The thought is that those grains may not have undergone all of the genetic modification of modern wheat. And, if I understand correctly, quinoa, millet and amaranth is okay to consume. Thanks again!

    • David Perlmutter

      Deb: Great question, and one I’ve received before. Unfortunately, grains like spelt and kamut are both gluten-containing. However you are correct in that the other three you have listed are gluten-free. However, as they are still grains, consumption should be strictly limited.

  • Lenore Vernamonti Daniluk

    Dr! Question,my husband 51 y/o and I have been on your diet for over a
    month. Problem my husbands cholesterol is pretty high. total= 242 and
    the LDL= 55. Just had it tested and it went up from just 3 or 4 mos
    ago???? He has lost almost 15lbs though! But Im worried he has heart
    disease in family is overweight and HBP. I havent had my bloodwork yet
    so dont know about me. Obviously we should be concerned and of course
    our MD says stop the fats… help!

  • anita

    I am a vegetarian and I just bought the recipe book. Some good recipes .. But I am wondering if there is a strictly vegetarian version with more recipes ?

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