Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power

By | September 19, 2019

How to eat for maximum brain power and health from an expert in both neuroscience and nutrition.

Like our bodies, our brains have very specific food requirements. And in this eye-opening book from an author who is both a neuroscientist and a certified integrative nutritionist, we learn what should be on our menu.
Dr. Lisa Mosconi, whose research spans an extraordinary range of specialties including brain science, the microbiome, and nutritional genomics, notes that the dietary needs of the brain are substantially different from those of the other organs, yet few of us have any idea what they might be. Her innovative approach to cognitive health incorporates concepts that most doctors have yet to learn. Busting through advice based on pseudoscience, Dr. Mosconi provides recommendations for a complete food plan, while calling out noteworthy surprises, including why that paleo diet you are following may not be ideal, why avoiding gluten may be a terrible mistake, and how simply getting enough water can dramatically improve alertness.

Including comprehensive lists of what to eat and what to avoid, a detailed quiz that will tell you where you are on the brain health spectrum, and 24 mouth-watering brain-boosting recipes that grow out of Dr. Mosconi’s own childhood in Italy, Brain Food gives us the ultimate plan for a healthy brain. Brain Food will appeal to anyone looking to improve memory, prevent cognitive decline, eliminate brain fog, lift depression, or just sharpen their edge.

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Anonymous on 09/19/2019 at 02:59.

Excellent book with the latest science on the subject There are many books about nutrition and cognitive functions. The authors ground their nutrition protocol on what humans ate during the paleolithic era. Often these authors contradict each other. For some, we were better hunters than gatherers so we ate mostly meat. For others, we were better gatherers and ate primarily nuts, plants, fruits. Others advance our digestive system can’t tolerate grains because it was a modern invention of the first agricultural revolution (about 10,000 years…

Anonymous on 09/19/2019 at 03:28.

If looking for a clear and unbiased guide to dietary choices – keep looking. Mosconi makes a good effort, but ultimately she is not able to reconcile the science with her gut feelings about diet and the brain. This is more a book about how the Mediterranean diet is superior to other diets, but without any great substantiation. Some aspects are downright confusing as when she extols the superior benefits of eggs as brain food (in three different sections of the book), but then on page 181 warns you to only eat 2-3 per week! Forty-four pages later she tells you to only…

Anonymous on 09/19/2019 at 03:39.

Unfortunate Perpetuation of Nutritional Mythology This is not nutritional advice at its best – I wanted to like this book. It’s with the best of intentions that it confuses and encombers as well as soft-pedals what readers interested in protecting their brains really need to hear. Promotes long-ago disproved ideas such as “complete proteins” are only found in meat and eggs. If the word “Fish” where cholesterol, I’d have heart disease from reading this book – gushing over the “magical” qualities of olive oil and fish — even suggesting one eat…