Eating less can keep your mind strong: study

There’s a new health tip being touted by experts who say it will help seniors keep their mental faculties longer, and keep their minds sharper. But it’s not a new pill, a new exercise routine, or even a puzzle game. Instead, say experts, the key is to eat less.

As reported recently in the New York Daily News, American researchers who will soon present their findings at a neurological conference in the spring say that the risk of ‘mild cognitive impairment’ more than doubled among people who consumed more calories on a daily basis, compared to those who consumed very few calories.

The researchers found that the highest-risk individuals were the ones who took in between 2,100 and 6,000 daily calories, and the lowest-risk group consumed between 600 and 1,500 calories.

“Cutting calories and eating foods that make up a healthy diet may be a simpler way to prevent memory loss as we age,” one of the scientists participating in the project, Yonas Geda, told the news source.

Assisted living and retirement communities across North America frequently have excellent meals throughout the day with enough calories to nourish their residents, but it’s always up to the individual to make sure they aren’t eating too little or too much.