brain food

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As a part of your body, your brain needs a lot of nutrients and vitamins and minerals to operate. Seeing as eating disorders directly affect your body and your nutritional intake, your body as well as your mind get deprived..so if you're in school or working, you might want to focus on nutrient-rich foods that will help you maintain a functional brain.

These foods are supposed to be the best for your thinking processes. Although some of them are high in calories, their nutritional value is also high. These are also the lowest calorie choices (i.e. almonds and walnuts aren't exactly low calorie, but compared to peanuts and other high-protein/fatty-acid sources, their calorie content is low).

These foods are considered lean protein. Protein is made up of amino acids, which are used in your brain to help you think more quickly and clearly. Protein is also a good source of energy, and some of these foods are also good sources of essential fatty acids, which help your brain function at its best. These are just a few examples of lean protein. Check out the protein page for more...

Foods that aren't good brain food are high sugar foods because they raise your blood sugar only briefly and finish you off with a crash and exhaustion.

foodamountcaloriesfatprotein
canned or baked salmon3 oz1305g19g
nonfat cottage cheese1/2 cup900g11g
black walnuts1 oz17016g7g
cheddar cheese *1 oz1159 g7g
almonds1 oz16515g6g
hard-boiled eggs1 egg755 g6g

Some good brain drinks are yerba mate, guarana, and coffee (all in moderation). Yerba mate can be found in loose tea form and doesn't have the same jittery effect as coffee; it is also rich in potassium and magnesium (as well as other vitamins) and has zero calories. I wouldn't opt for soda, high-sugar or -caffeine drinks because like high-sugar foods, they give a burst of jittery energy followed by exhaustion when the sugar/caffiene has done its work (that includes coffee).


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