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Doctor David Perlmutter on the Dr. Oz Show

Dr. Perlmutter and Grain Brain on Dr. Oz

Grain Brain Book Cover

As many of you know, yesterday I had the opportunity to spend some time with my good friend Dr. Oz discussing my new book, Grain Brain, and the role of diet in determining brain health. For starters, welcome to all who are joining me for the first time. I hope you’ll take some time to read Grain Brain and participate in the dialogue that takes place on my website and on my Facebook page.

While there were many interesting and important ideas we could have discussed, we focused on the primary and detrimental role of dietary choices favoring carbohydrates as actually proving toxic to brain health. Dr. Oz and I mentioned how Grain Brain is really focused on emphasizing the importance of adding back healthy fats to the diet as a means to achieve a healthy brain. Indeed, as I discussed, these dietary choices may well have a significant role in actually reducing risk for such devastating issues as Alzheimer’s disease.

Providing a visual of those foods that are and are not Grain Brain-friendly proved an incredibly helpful way for people to visualize our message. And we’ve really seen a nice response from that portion of the segment. Don’t let our small table of vegetables and fruits scare you! In addition to all the healthy fats and proteins we laid out, there are still plenty of healthy low-sugar fruits and vegetables to incorporate into your diet (think spinach, kale, celery, cauliflower, broccoli, tomato, squash, and blueberries among others).

Dr. Oz and I then spend some time on “the table of happy” where we talk about the ideal sources of brain healthy fats that should comprise a large portion of our diets. These include olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, and grass-fed and free-range meats. Click here for a more comprehensive list of foods that you should be eating every day!

If you missed the segment yesterday, you can visit Dr. Oz’s website for clips.

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  • Andrew Wodecki

    What a great segment, Dr. Perlmutter!
    I just loved the “fat is back” “fat is your friend” and the “table of happy.” Haha!!! Beautiful how you centered in on the fat! A message people so desperately need to hear-thank you for that!
    FYI, I went to the Dr. Oz link and could only pull up the first part, but I was able to get both parts at Jimmy Moore’s link:
    Andrew Wodecki, O.D.
    I have been joking that I am going to change my blog to highfatoptometrist…haha

    • David Perlmutter

      Thanks for sharing Andrew! I appreciate your support.

  • Christina Harrison

    My mom read your book and insisted I read it too. It was checked out at all my local libraries and each copy had about 7-14 holds ahead of me!! I drove out of my way to a library with an available copy. Both my husband’s and my families are Native American and I always suspected that with the introduction of wheat and grains into our diets over the last 60/70 years have been the cause for our communities diminishing health. We caught your segment on Dr Oz too and I am in such agreement with you! We are eager to change our diets and try some of the meals from your book. I hope that by changing our diets we can influence others too. Thanks Dr. P.

    • David Perlmutter

      Thanks for tuning in Christina, and for reading Grain Brain. I’m glad to hear you’ve found some answers in the book.

  • Karen

    I am wondering if Dr Oz will offer Taubes an apology. Thank you so much for blowing the cover off this!

  • Somewherentexas

    I would love to get my family off of carbs. My kids are very picky eaters I have a hard time getting them to eat meat and veggies. What kind of kid friendly snacks could I give them aside from fruit and yogurts?

    • David Perlmutter

      You could look at hummus and veggies, some nuts, or a slice of turkey and a slice of cheese. There are some other suggestions in Grain Brain as well. You could also browse the “Eat” section of my website for ideas.

  • Rita

    I am worried about colon cancer without all the fiber from whole grains. Please address this

    • David Perlmutter

      Fiber intake is not a concern on the Grain Brain diet. Once you make the switch, you’ll be increasing you intake of nuts and vegetables, which will help offset any change!

  • Amanda

    I first heard about your book on Danielle Walker’s blog (Against all Grain) and am so fascinated with this concept. I am waiting for Grain Brain to come in at my local library and just finished watching your segment on Dr. Oz. I am curious though — what is the thought behind quinoa? Is this considered a grain or a seed? Is it okay to eat a few times a week? My two-year old twins are picky eaters but love quinoa. Would love to hear your opinion.

    • David Perlmutter

      Glad Danielle could bring us together Amanda! Quinoa is a non-gluten grain, meaning it could be consumed in strict moderation (ideally 2-3 times per week at most). However, always keep in mind that all grain consumption should be minimized or eliminated entirely.

      • Amanda

        Thank you for your clarification! I look forward to reading your book 🙂

        • sarahrp

          We should keep in mind that all grains are seeds. Most of the grains we eat are from the cereal family (grasses), as jnelson032 points out. Buckwheat and quinoa are from families different from each other and both are non cereals. Just pointing out that every grain is the seed of some plant.

      • jnelson032

        Since Quinoa is not a grain, but rather a seed, also being a complete protein, it does’t seem to fall into the same category as your grain findings. Amaranth and Buckwheat are in the same category (Pseudocereals) – They are used like ceral (grass family), but are actually from the “broadleaf plant” family. Maybe I’m wrong?

  • Daisy

    I had the previledge of meeting Dr. Perlmutter for both my son and my nephew from venezuela. I changed my sons diet and from being a D student with ADD he is now an A student attending regular classroom setting. Regarding my nephew , he was diagnosed with Autism when Dr.Perlmutter saw him he changed his diet and gave him nutrients for his brain and body. He lives now a normal life without medicines and his Autism diagnosed is no longer in existence. From Miramar Florida we love you Doc.

    • David Perlmutter

      Nice to see you here Daisy. Continued good health to you, your son, and your family.

    • Harib S.H.

      What diet foods did he gave you?


  • SkyPilot

    I would love to reintroduce nuts into my diet, however, 5 years ago I have a bout with diverticulitis and my Dr. told me to avoid all nuts, corn, small seeds…what is your take on diverticulitis/osis and nuts please. Thanks for your work!

  • Jean

    I have purchased your book. However there is no information about diverticulosis. I have frequent attacks of diverticulitis or IBS.not sure which, although I have extensive diverticulosis, so I assume the former. Without grains, can I still maintain the recommended high fiber diet?

  • Harry

    Hi Dr. Perlmutter

    What diet foods do you recommend for a dementia patient and what foods to avoid. lets say the persons age can be about 40 yrs of age.

    Thanks you.

  • Judy Burg

    What would you recommend for diabetes neuropathy foot pain, that prevents me from sleeping. I do not want to take medication.

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