Highly processed and sugary foods, trans fats, and excessive alcohol consumption are considered some of the worst foods for your brain. These foods can contribute to inflammation, oxidative stress, and damage to brain cells, potentially leading to cognitive decline and an increased risk of neurological disorders. A diet rich in whole foods, healthy fats, and antioxidants is generally considered better for brain health.
Here are some examples of foods that are generally considered to be harmful to brain health:
- Highly processed foods (e.g. packaged snacks, fast food)
- Sugary foods and beverages (e.g. candy, soda)
- Trans fats (e.g. fried foods, baked goods with partially hydrogenated oils)
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- High-sodium foods (e.g. processed meats, canned soups)
- Foods high in saturated and/or animal fats (e.g. red meat, butter)
- Foods with a high glycemic index (e.g. white bread, white rice)
It’s worth noting that these foods can be okay in moderation, and that a balanced diet including a variety of whole foods is generally the best approach for overall health, including brain health.