7 Foods a Neurosurgeon Never Eats

Sugar-Packed Foods, Like Cookies and Ice Cream

Foods and beverages that are packed with sugar are items Dr. Osborn tries to avoid. Foods like cookies, ice cream, pastries, doughnuts, and even certain cereals offer a lot of sugar and not many nutrients.

Trans Fats, Like Deep-Fried Foods

Dr. Osborn said trans fats in deep-fried meals, processed snacks, and margarines cause inflammation and raise cognitive decline risk. "Inflammation underlies most age-related illnesses. He says Alzheimer's is similar.

Highly Processed Foods

Be wary of highly processed meals including bakery goods, crunchy, salty snacks, dips, and sauces. "Many highly processed foods are loaded with artificial additives, preservatives, and unhealthy fats, which can contribute to cognitive impairment when consumed regularly

Excessive Alcohol

You probably anticipated this. You may enjoy your favorite martini or wine after a long work week, but it should be on this list of things to avoid. Alcohol use should be limited.

High-Sodium Foods, Like Cold Cuts

Breads, rolls, cold meats, beef jerky, condiments, soy sauce, pickles, pretzels, instant pudding, canned soups, and more are high in salt and can cause internal damage. Dr. Osborn says, "High-sodium diets may cause high blood pressure, which can harm the heart and brain.

Artificial Sweeteners

You should reconsider using artificial sweeteners in your coffee. "Some studies suggest that artificial sweeteners may have adverse effects on cognitive function and metabolism, though more research is needed

Excessive Caffeine

Speaking about coffee, too much is never good, especially with caffeine. "While moderate caffeine consumption can have cognitive benefits, excessive caffeine intake can lead to anxiety, sleep disturbances, and potentially impair brain function

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