Nutritious food choices are not just important for the health of your body. Your food choices also have a direct and long-lasting impact on the most powerful organ in your body... your brain. What this means is:
- Your brain needs fuel.
- Without powerful micronutrients, our brains are susceptible to mental decline.
- For sustained brain power, a varied diet of nutrient-rich foods is critical.
Check it out in this TED-ED video: How the food you eat affects your brain
Here are more of our key takeaways from the video:
- There are some good fats for the brain but long-term consumption of other fats may compromise brain health.
- Proteins and amino acids (found in nutrient rich foods) effect how we feel and behave including mood, sleep, attentiveness, and weight.
- A diet with a range of foods helps maintain a balanced combination.
- Our brains benefit from a steady supply of micronutrients found in fruits and vegetables helping our brains work well for a longer period of time.
- Nutrients are critical for development of the brain.
- The brain makes up 2% of our body weight but uses 20% of our energy resources.