Eating is a basic human necessity. But for many of us eating is also about culture, flavor, family and friends. And it’s about great diversity and choice too. In recent times we are exposed to more food choices than ever before, from almost any corner of the world. However, in the last few decades is has also become easier to get processed foods, larger food portions, and richer and more “fast” foods. Our ability to steer a moderate course with healthier food decisions matters because maintaining a healthy weight is associated with a host of benefits, such as better cardiovascular health, lower chances of developing diabetes, different cancers, or experiencing a stroke or depression.
But good nutrition and maintaining a healthy weight also plays an important role in our brain health. Research findings have found that a healthy diet is associated with better working memory, information processing speed, and better functioning of the brain’s pre-frontal cortex, which is critical for thinking through complex situations. On the other hand, unhealthy weight has been associated with reductions in the size of the brain’s frontal lobes. How are you doing with your food choices and portion sizes, and do you know how the rest of your life situation affects or is affected by your nutritional habits?