As the scientists in the study revealed, it is our present day society that has more cases of Alzheimer's and dementia than our ancestors. They trace this back to the raw diets that have existed until only recently in human civilization.
Since chewing is the basis for a healthy mind, many unprocessed foods can play a role in keeping the blood flow present and your thoughts active and alert!
Try partially-cooked vegetables!
Not only does eating vegetables in a more raw form make you chew more, but it keeps more of those healthy nutrients from breaking down, so you feel better too!
As we find ourselves in autumn, there are a ton of harvest veggies that are available now more than ever! Try getting your hands on some pumpkins, butternut squash, and asparagus before it gets too cold. Also, keep your eye out for root vegetable like carrots, beets, parsnips, and potatoes, which are naturally tougher and more fibrous!
When steaming, roasting or broiling these, try taking them out 5-10 minutes sooner than usually. That way, you know they are cooked all the way through but they still have a crunchy quality to them!
Or thicker pieces of meat?
No matter if you enjoy chicken more than pork, or lamb more than beef, there are a few ways you can ensure you are taking care of your mind while you chow down.
First, you should try cooking your meats a little longer. While this is a no-brainer for chicken and pork, if you enjoy your steak more on the rare side, maybe consider going for a medium sear, or getting that chicken a little extra crispy!
By cutting your meats into larger pieces, you will also force yourself to chew for longer periods of time. This should just be done for yourself though, make sure you only give children small pieces!
Nuts have long been held by nutritionists as super-foods for preventing mental decay, and as long as you are not allergic, you can feel good about indulging in a delicious snack that will keep you happy and healthy!
Some good choices are almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, peanuts, walnuts, and pecans for their high levels of omega-3s, magnesium, folate, vitamin E and many others.