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Rabbit Food – A Brainy 2018

January 2, 2018 by Joyce Bunderson

I was thinking that maybe this year you may want to consider focusing on getting greens into your regular eating pattern. I’ve met quite a few people who make fun of those (including me), suggesting that such eating is rabbit food. I don’t say much to them, because I know they’re committed to what they […]

Cutting Back on Sodium Can Solve More than One Problem

November 1, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

Last week I wrote about the risk of death and high sodium intake; I mostly concentrated on the risk of stroke and other cardiovascular events. I made one little mention that Alzheimer’s disease risk is also associated with high blood pressure; but I don’t want to pass over this issue too quickly. It seems to […]

Noggin News

May 10, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

If you’re trying to keep your brain healthy for as long as possible, you won’t want to miss the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s May 2016 Nutrition Acton Heathletter (NAH). The lead story in the May issue, Brain Gain; News for Your Noggin had some concise ideas for those of us who would […]

Down-Shifting Hedonic Hunger

January 19, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

The term “Hedonic Hunger” gives a name to a very powerful concept in understanding why we overeat certain foods; and why we can’t stop ourselves once we start eating them. Hedonism is from the Greek, and it means seeking pleasure. Hunger is normally not out of control; it is regulated by our bodies in a […]

Lutein – Eye Candy or What?

September 22, 2015 by Joyce Bunderson

On September 14, 2015 the Wall Street Journal published an article called: Eye Candy? Scientists Debate the Value of Lutein Supplements: A role in limiting a chronic eye disease. The article and the studies, upon which the article was based, were to my mind, like opening the proverbial can of worms. At a quick glance […]

Adding MIND to the Mix?

March 24, 2015 by Joyce Bunderson

Last week I wrote about the Mediterranean Diet (MD) and the DASH Diet (DD), both healthy eating styles. The day after putting that article up, I stumbled upon an article published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, about the new MIND diet. The authors of MIND hope it will prove to […]

Chocolate Season

December 2, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

I’ve heard it said that Chocolate Season begins with Halloween and ends with New Year’s resolutions. I’m certain that’s just a joke, because as anyone who fills Easter Eggs knows – most of the children enjoy chocolate candy in their eggs and Easter never falls between Halloween and the first of January. It seems to […]

A Pageant of Supplements or a Healthy Diet and Exercise

July 22, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

Have you seen the pageant-like procession of claims, that supplements and processed foods with certain additives can prevent cognitive impairment? Or have you heard any of the FTC’s precedent-setting crack down on those inflated claims? What are we supposed to believe? Can we do anything to decrease our risk of cognitive decline? I’ll admit right […]

Mediterranean-Style Eating Continues to Shine

May 28, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

May is National Mediterranean Diet Month. Since May 2013 is winding down in just a couple of days, I hope we do not limit our celebration/recognition of the Mediterranean-style of eating to the merry month of May; but hopefully, make it a practice every week. I hope you are all making progress on moving toward […]

Preventing Strokes, Dementia and Alzheimer’s

November 6, 2012 by Joyce Bunderson

The cover story of the November 2012 issue of the Nutrition Action Healthletter (NAH) by the Center for Science and the Public Interest is devoted to protecting your brain from stroke. It’s a comprehensive (six and a half pages long) yet condensed collection of information about signs and prevention of stroke (essentially a heart attack […]