Lessons from the MIND Diet Trial

Lessons from the MIND Diet Trial

MIND –standing, in this case, for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay

The MIND Diet Trial

Now, the MIND diet trial: the researchers – from Rush Medical College in Chicago and from Harvard – randomized 604 subjects to receive intensive counseling to eat either a MIND diet with “mild caloric restriction” or a control diet, also with “mild caloric restriction.” The subjects were older adults, overweight if not obese, and with a family history of dementia putting them at high risk for this disease. They were all folks who ate poorly to begin with, “a suboptimal diet.” Hence, the deck could be stacked, legitimately, such that the subjects might be counted on to improve their diets as counseled and that meaningful results might be obtained in a reasonable amount of time. In this case, three years.

You won’t believe what happened next!


Some things come to mind: It is always better to be lucky, i.e. good genes.
All of the people writing books “Calories Don’t Count” and there are many, are full of B.S.
While I try to eat a healthy diet, depending on your opinion, exercise, get good sleep, etc., I am still thanking my lucky genes.
I do think calories count more than the absolute health benefits of the food you eat.
People who think they can be “fat, but healthy” are also full of it.
There you have my afternoon rant. :smile:


Why are they eating grain? Glucose plus lectins.

Grain is definitely just glucose and lectins and not associated with health benefits in whole grain form, right. Grain contains starch not glucose, so even that’s wrong…

Gil Carvalho on the trial. First time I’ve seen him trying to hand-wave trial results away. They did CR in both groups for weight loss, and hence he thinks it might’ve “dilute” the results. To me it suggests that CR can improve cognitive function.


Grain has fiber that is worthwhile and good.

Starch is glucose. It just needs to be unwound by an enzyme. So I suppose you can mostly avoid it if you take acarbose.

If you take enough chondroitin and glucosamine and msm maybe you can tie up the lectins.

Even though I raise grain and soy for a living, and feed them to my animals, I try to avoid them. I eat the animals.


I don’t care about lectins from grains.
There’s no good evidence against them, and starch or as you say it “glucose that needs to be unwound by an enzyme” doesn’t have it either.