If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, perhaps we finally have a follow up for seniors worried about slippage in cognition.
Eating about one serving per day of green, leafy vegetables may be linked to a slower rate of brain aging, according to a study published in the December 20, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
The study found that people who ate at least one serving of green, leafy vegetables a day had a slower rate of decline on tests of memory and thinking skills than people who never or rarely ate these vegetables. The difference between the two groups was the equivalent of being 11 years younger in age, according to study author Martha Clare Morris, ScD, of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. (my emphasis)
“Adding a daily serving of green, leafy vegetables to your diet may be a simple way to foster your brain health,” said Morris. “Projections show sharp increases in the percentage of people with dementia as the oldest age groups continue to grow in number, so effective strategies to prevent dementia are critical.” Continue reading
As a person who has now included at least one salad every day into his diet, this is most welcome …
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I have a confession, not one I am at all ashamed to admit – I really do NOT like bottled light salad dressings. Most of them just don’t taste good! Bottled dressings in general will have more chemical additives than home-made – of course – but the light or fat-free ones tend to have even more of them, and often added sugars as well. The do not taste fresh.
I usually make my own balsamic vinaigrette with a good extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and dijon mustard. With summer coming on . . . at least I THINK summer is coming – it has been so gloomy and cold in Wisconsin this “spring” . . . I am experimenting with other dressings for my salads.
As luck would have it, while digging in a pile of papers I saved for some reason that seemed right at the time, I found…
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Subway has gotten a lot of PR mileage out of billing itself as the healthy alternative to other fast food options. And I think the company is sincere in that positioning. As a journalist who writes about marketing and PR (my day job, when I’m not writing for this blog which is more my labor of love), I’ve interviewed Subway officials over the years and think they sincerely believe they do offer healthier choices.
So what do I eat when I go there? I love roast beef so you’d think I opt for Subway’s 6-inch roast beef sandwich. One of those is 310 calories with 840 milligrams of sodium, according to Subway nutritional information, and a six-inch will not fill me up. I would normally either order double meat or a foot-long. But a foot-long is 630 calories with 1,690 mgs of sodium, basically a day’s worth of salt. So I never order that anymore, even when the foot-long promotion is going on for a lower price.