Due to the aging population in the United States, with the last of the “Baby Boomer” generation turning 50 and the upper end turning 70, a great deal of research has focused on the causes of Alzheimer’s disease and possible ways to prevent it. Each new study published gives us more and more clues as to what might be contributing factors. Let’s look at the effects of a low-carb lifestyle.
Two contributing factors are a high carbohydrate diet in general and a high consumption of sugar in particular.
High Carbohydrate Diets
The high carbohydrate diet came about partly from the conclusion of medical experts more than 40 years ago. They said fat was bad for us and had to be removed from commercial food products. However, food producers added sugar to replace the flavor and make the new low-fat foods more palatable. Fast forward to the present day, many people are unhealthier than ever.
One voice in the wilderness in those early low-fat days was Dr. Atkins. He argued that carbohydrates were the killer, not fat. Furthermore, he said that excess carbs get stored as fat, so cutting down carbs would naturally cut down on body fat and fat storage.
Since then, his diet has gone from being mocked to being the mainstream, with countless people successfully losing weight and keeping it off by following the Atkins diet.
Studies have shown that the average American consumes about 300 grams of carbs daily. The Atkins diet slashes that to 20 in the first two weeks, up to 60 if a person is in the maintenance phase once they have lost weight and want to keep it off.
Not All Carbs Are Equal
All foods have some carbs, but not all carbs are created equal. For example, diets high in simple carbohydrates such as table sugar have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
Low-carb diets contain slow carbs; foods that take some time to digest and release their carbs, such as oats and quinoa, have been associated with a heart-healthy and brain-healthy diet.
Artificial Sweeteners Cause Damage As Well.
Sugar might not be the only culprit in Alzheimer’s, but artificial sweeteners are also offenders. For example, studies from the National Library of Medicine have stated that Aspartame (brand names NutraSweet and Equal) causes degenerative changes in the brain.
It also triggers potentially deadly methanol poisoning, which severely harms the brain. Alcoholics who cannot afford commercial liquor will become desperate enough to drink methylated spirits. This will lead to methanol poisoning, brain cell destruction, and premature death.
Women are much more prone to Alzheimer’s than men. Could it be their sweet cravings causing the issue? If you’re worried about your brain, heart, and weight health, cut out sugar or opt for a low-carb diet and see what a difference it can make to your brain health.
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