The Worst Foods for Your Brain

  • Reviewed By: Jennifer Robinson, MD   Reviewed on 10/28/2020

Dietary Don’ts

Avoid problematic foods to keep your brain healthy.

You’ve been loading up on colorful berries, nibbling on nuts, and dining on salmon — all good moves if your goal is better brain health. But what about foods that might raise your risk for mood or memory problems, especially as you get older? Find out which potentially problematic items should make fewer appearances on your plate (or disappear altogether).

Margarine and Frosting

Foods high in trans fats are not good for your brain and blood vessels.

These foods, along with many packaged snack foods, are high in trans fats. You may know that trans fats aren’t good for your heart and blood vessels. Research has found that they may also wreak havoc on brain function. A study from the journal Neurology found that older adults who had the highest levels of elaidic acid (a common type of trans fat) in their blood were the most more likely to develop dementia.


Alcohol can make it harder for your brain to work and it may make you feel confused or depressed.

While a single glass of wine or beer is unlikely to mess with your mind, alcohol directly affects the brain’s communication pathways. The more you drink, the more difficult it may be to process new information or remember things. Alcohol may also make you feel confused or depressed.

Soda and Other Sugary Drinks…

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Article submitted to MSRN by Pat France