Quinn on Nutrition: Pay no mind to 'Grain Brain'

Barbara Quinn

Reader "Lynn in Salinas" writes: "Will you please comment on Dr. David Perlmutter's bestseller book, 'Grain Brain,' and his claim that wheat, gluten, carbs and sugar are the cause of dementia?"

 In the famous words of Jack Nicholson, "I'd rather stick pins in my eyes." But here goes.

Dr. Perlmutter is a neurologist who makes some pretty sweeping claims that wheat, carbohydrates and sugar are "the brain's silent killers."

Yet scientists who actually study such things have concluded that diets rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and legumes (such as the well-studied DASH or Mediterranean diets) are "positively associated with higher cognitive (brain) function."  Read article