Grain Brain: Experts disagree over whether grains are bad for our brains

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Neurologist David Perlmutter says we need to pay attention to studies linking gluten - and the carbs that contain it - to dementia, depression and ADHD. We speak to the author of Grain Brain, followed by a scientist who questions the attack on all things grain and advocates a full plate of moderation.



Bread is known as the staff of life. But if new research is correct, it's been a dangerous staff to lean on.

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If you trust the best sellers' list, the vast grain fields that have been the pride of Canadian agriculture are actually a vast network of saboteurs working to wreck our health.

Last year we spoke with the author of Wheat Belly who warned that grain contributes to obesity. And a new book suggests additional, serious health risks.
Grain Brain warns that wheat, carbs and sugar can damage mental health.

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Neurologist David Perlmutter is the author of Grain Brain. He's also a fellow with the American College of Nutrition and founding member and fellow of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Dr. David Perlmutter was in Toronto.

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Carol Greenwood, Sr. Scientist at the
Rotman Research Institute, at the
Baycrest Centre

Grain Brain hit the shelves at the same time as a Canadian book that explores the connection between nutrition and the brain.

Carol Greenwood is one of three authors of Mindfull. She's a senior scientist at the Rotman Research Institute at the Baycrest Centre, a professor of nutrition at University of Toronto, and on the scientific advisory board for the Healthy Grains Institute.

We're interested to hear about your diet choices. Would you -- have you -- changed your diet to cut down on carbs, gluten, sugar. Or do you take a more everything-in-moderation approach to eating?

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This segment was produced by The Current's Liz Hoath.


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