It’s one thing to say that carbohydrates are bad for our health, but how can we cut down on a food that is so prevalent in diets today?

“Your brain is 60 percent fat; it is built from the fats that you consume in your diet,” Perlmutter says.

The solution, then, is to stick to healthy fats that are found in foods like avocadoes, wild-caught fish, and nuts.  These foods provide nutrients for the brain and keep you fuller longer.

Perlmutter points to our ancestors as examples of how we should be eating:  “This [the low-carb diet] is how humans have always eaten.  It’s only been in the last 150 years that sugar has started to creep into the American diet.”

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Dr. David Perlmutter is a board-certified neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition.  He is also the author of Grain Brain: The surprising truth about wheat, carbs, and sugar—your brain’s silent killers.

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