Appearing recently on Dr. Oz’s talk show, Dr. Perlmutter noted that he believes fat consumption plays a critical role in both successful weight loss and health. He’s particularly emphatic about the benefits of low-carb diets for brain health.
“The most important approach to dealing with Alzheimer’s is to do everything you can do reduce inflammation, and that means a low-carb diet,” Dr. Perlmutter emphasized. While restricting carbohydrates, he advocates boosting your intake of healthy fats.
“Your brain is 60 percent fat; it is built from the fats that you consume in your diet,” Dr. Perlmutter explained. And that diet of healthy fats, protein and vegetables mimics that of our hunter-gatherer ancestors.
“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,” added Dr. Perlmutter.
Dr. Perlmutter is the author of “Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers,” Dr. Perlmutter explained that consuming grains and other carbohydrates causes an “increase in inflammation and an increase in the production of free radicals, which damage protein, fat, and DNA.” Therefore, he recommends following a low-carb diet.