THE BEST FOODS TO BOOST YOUR BRAIN (AND DRAIN IT!)

Some foods help the brain work better, some foods drag down brain performance. Be smart and feed your children foods that will make them smart (and also eat these foods yourself, too). Here’s a chart of foods that boost and drain the brain.

BRAIN BOOSTING FOODS

  • California Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Beef, lean
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Broccoli
  • Brown rice
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cheese
  • Chicken
  • Collard greens
  • Eggs
  • Flaxseed oil
  • Legumes
  • Milk
  • Oatmeal
  • Oranges
  • Peanut butter
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Salmon
  • Soybeans
  • Spinach
  • Tuna
  • Turkey
  • Wheat germ
  • Yogurt

BRAIN DRAINING FOODS

  • Alcohol
  • Artificial food colorings
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Colas
  • Corn syrup
  • Frostings
  • High-sugar “drinks”
  • Hydrogenated fats
  • Junk sugars
  • Nicotine
  • Overeating
  • White bread

Brain boosting foods can be fun! Incorporating these into your diet can help boost your child’s brain, so they can keep learning and playing and growing. 

Originally published on Ask Dr. Sears; used with permission.