Did you know that if you’re not eating HopeFULLs or BellyFULLs your brain could be shrinking!?
Ok, maybe I’m being a little dramatic. However, a recent study of elderly people did find that those whose diets were high in certain essential nutrients (those which are commonly found in our frozen whole food pop recipes) were less likely to have the brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer's disease and were more likely to score better on tests of mental performance. The researchers published a paper on how they came to these findings in the 28 December online issue of Neurology.
The paper's first author is Dr. Gene Bowman from the Departments of Neurology and Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. He and his colleagues describe three sets of findings:
1. Elderly people with diets high in several vitamins or omega 3 fatty acids were less likely to have the brain shrinkage that usually accompanies Alzheimer's disease than people whose diets were low in those nutrients.
2. Those whose diets were high in omega 3 fatty acids and in vitamins C, D, E and the B vitamins were also more likely to score better on tests of mental ability than those whose diets were low in those nutrients.
3. Those whose diets were high in trans fats were more likely to have brain shrinkage and perform less well on thinking and memory tests than those whose diets were low in trans fats.
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for human health but the body can't make them. These are primarily found in fish, also an essential source of vitamin D; some plants and nut oils are also good sources of omega 3 fatty acids, which are also called polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs).
B vitamins and antioxidants C and E are primarily found in fruits and vegetables. Both HopeFULL and BellyFULL recipes are PACKED with these essential vitamins, antioxidants and omega 3’s!
“I'm a firm believer these nutrients have strong potential to protect your brain and make it work better," Dr. Maret Traber says, adding that for anyone "considering a New Year's resolution to improve their diet, this would certainly give them another reason to eat more fruits and vegetables". (Meaning; eat more HopeFULLs and BellyFULLs!) ;-)
Carrot Creamsicle BellyFULL Recipe
¾ cup carrot puree
1½ cup mandarin orange slices, drained
¼ cup vanilla ice cream
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until completely smooth, scraping down the sides if necessary. Pour into HopeFULL tray, add wooden spoon-sticks and freeze for three hours.