How can eating carbohydrates affect the health of my brain?

You need carbohydrates to fuel your brain properly, but that doesn't mean eating more sweets -- which cause a fast rise and plunge in blood sugar levels. Think complex carbohydrates (starches), such as whole-grain foods, vegetables (sweet potatoes are a great choice) and beans. Complex carbs contain fiber, which helps slow blood sugar level changes and reduce negative effects on mood.

Eating carbohydrates can affect brain health in that carbs increase blood sugar, which in turn increases inflammation and risk of dementia and disease. Watch neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, discuss how carbs can negatively impact our brain health.

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