Small Amounts of Alcohol in Mediterranean Diet Could Boost Brain Health, Claims Study – Newsweek

Eating a heart-healthy Mediterranean diet from the age of 25 has been linked to better thinking skills later in life in a study.

Researchers also looked at the APDQS and DASH diets, also thought to boost heart health, but found only the former appeared to aid the brain along with the Mediterranean diet. This could be because those regimes include small amounts of alcohol, researchers believe.

Followers of the Mediterranean diet eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes, and fish, as well as healthy unsaturated fats which are liquid at room temperature, like olive oil. But they consume minimal amounts of red meat, poultry and full-fat dairy, and alcohol in moderation.

Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH), meanwhile, features grains, fruits and vegetables, as well as low-fat dairy, legumes, nuts, and small amounts of meat, poultry, fish, and alcohol. Fat overall, including saturated fat, is limited as are sweets and salt.

The APDQS, or priori Diet Quality Score designed for the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study, is characterized by fruit and vegetables, legumes, fish, low-fat dairy. Alcohol; foods that are fried, salty or sweet; high-fat dairy; and sugar drinks are limited.