No man’s brain is so dull, and no man’s eye so blind, that they cannot catch food for dreams. — Donald G. Mitchell
I have heard the term “Brain Food” over and over again on the internet with some website writer promoting their “perfect food” or telling us how to eat to be healthy, successful, and wise? (I am certain that caffeine must figure heavily into this as most of us, in Washington State cannot truly function well without our morning java. There is a reason why Starbucks has done so well here. Who wants to get out of bed when the sky is grey and it is once again raining, as it seems to be doing 355 days in a year in the Evergreen State. Caffeine is our drug…food (?) of choice up here which is needed to stimulate our brain and get us out of bed. )
But I digress, what today’s blog is really about is food. Not just any food, but what has been promoted online as, “Brain Food.” Right now my brain is working pretty well on coffee, scrambled eggs and toast. (Okay, I admit it, I am a traditionalist when it comes to breakfast.) But, there is more to diet than what we eat or don’t eat for breakfast.
Curious, I looked up online to see how many websites are telling us about “Brain Food.” Apparently, over 19,100,000 websites are concerned about feeding our brain. It is nice to see that so many people care. But what exactly is Brain Food?
Some say Brain Food aka “Food for the Brain,” means mental stimulation. Reading blogs and online posts can be mental stimulation, but so can reading…dare I say it, books.
Others, those more schooled in the teachings of nutrition post online their recommendations on what they feel is Brain Food. Here are three that seem to make sense and agree on a certain basic concepts –
- Webmed.com – regarding foods that help you concentrate for those with ADD/ADHD http://wb.md/1tqK05j promotes, among other suggestions: caffeine, breakfast and chocolate (YES!)
- bbc.goodfood.com – (the British know about good food right :-?) Anyway, the bbc recommends http://bit.ly/18jeDpi : whole grains, oily fish, blueberries, etc.
- And good ol’ reliable psychologytoday.com gives us a much more studious approach to brain food, http://bit.ly/1TlB6Yq – suggesting that eatting fatty fish, eggs and vitamin B are the answer.
Basically, if you really are concerned about eating the rights foods for health and mental vitality, it is best not to get your information from the web, but consulate a licensed nutritionist. But this is a free country so you choose what works best for you. (As for me, I go with the chocolate!)
© S. Rees 2016