What do tea, coffee, bananas, chocolate and Brazil nuts have in common?
They are all good for brain health, and they all come from tropical rain forests.
To celebrate Earth Day on April 22, let’s explore how to enjoy these foods and help the rainforest at the same time.
Why rain forest?
Of all the ways to help the planet, understanding how we protect the rain forest is the most critical.
The deforestation and degradation of tropical forests account for about 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions caused by human activities. The tropical ecosystems in the world are like carbon sinks, taking carbon out of the atmosphere. When they burn or destroy, all the carbon is released.
The rain forest can also be used as a humidifier to help the earth cool down and maintain its weather conditions. When they disappear, we will suffer more droughts and food supplies will be affected.
For our own survival, we need healthy rain forests.
Our part: ways to celebrate Earth Day
Realizing that our consumers who are related to tropical commodities and food choose and support sustainable practices are one of the best ways to celebrate Earth Day every day.
Fortunately, a non-profit organization called the “Rainforest Alliance” has worked with farmers in tropical regions around the world to demonstrate sustainable practices that meet the strict standards set by the organization.
If you see the Rainforest Alliance logo (as shown in the picture below), it means that the product is produced in a way to increase carbon storage and avoid tropical deforestation, while providing better conditions and wages for workers.
Purchasing these certified products is one of the easiest ways to help the rainforest, and there are many other ways.
So let’s get started…
5 brain-healthy foods and beverages that help protect the rainforest
Green tea, oolong tea and black tea are extracted from the leaves of the tea plant. camellia Plants that grow in the tropics. They are rich in polyphenols that are good for the brain. They are powerful antioxidants that provide many health benefits.
Green tea has a low caffeine content, while epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) and l-theanine have a high content, which is a choice that is particularly beneficial to the brain. EGCG has a calming effect while enhancing memory and concentration. When consumed with caffeine, L-theanine has a similar effect. These and other polyphenols in tea also have neuroprotective and neurodegenerative effects.
Enhance your brain health and help the rainforest by purchasing tea certified by the Rainforest Alliance. You can buy it at most grocery stores.
The caffeine in coffee helps to increase alertness, brighten mood and increase strength. However, caffeine can restrict blood flow to the brain, so moderate drinking is important. Moreover, since it can also interrupt sleep, it is best to drink only caffeine in the morning.
In other words, coffee is rich in antioxidants, which may be why coffee consumption is related to its protective effects against neurodegenerative diseases and cognitive decline.
Look for coffee that is Rainforest Alliance certified and/or shaded. It has been proven that the biodiversity of coffee grown in the shade is much greater than that of organisms grown in the sun. Organic and fair trade are also very good certifications.
Bananas are the perfect portable snack. They are delicious, fun to eat, and nutritious. Bananas are an important source of fiber, complex carbohydrates, potassium, antioxidants, and other vitamins and minerals. As a memory-enhancing food, potassium helps to support memory and learning in healthy individuals. On the contrary, memory loss is a common problem in people with potassium deficiency.
Most grocers offer bananas certified by the Rainforest Alliance. Be sure to look for them!
Eating dark chocolate rich in cocoa flavanols can increase cerebral blood flow and effectively maintain cognitive ability, thereby improving concentration, processing speed and memory. Moreover, according to research, chocolate can support positive emotions.
Chocolate can be made sweeter by choosing a cocoa brand that uses shade growing and/or tropical rainforest alliance certified cocoa. Organic and fair trade cocoa is also a good choice.
Brazil nuts grow in the Amazon rainforest and are a treasure trove of healthy nutrients for the brain.
Brazil nuts are one of the richest sources of selenium in nature, and it can support brain health by acting as an antioxidant. Some evidence suggests that low selenium levels are related to neurogenesis problems.
The polyphenol in Brazil nuts is called ellagic acid, which may protect the brain and enhance mood. Brazil nuts are also high in magnesium. Magnesium is a mineral that is essential for signal transmission between the brain and other parts of the body.
In a study that evaluated elderly people with intellectual disabilities, participants showed that they improved language fluency and mental function by eating one Brazil nut a day for six months.
The special beauty of Brazil nuts is that eating nuts directly is good for the Amazon.
Attempts to plant trees on plantations have largely failed because they rely on certain types of bees for pollination-these bees only live in forested areas. The strong Brazil nut trade means that large areas of the Amazon remain intact, and sustainable income flows to local communities.
Eating Brazil nuts is a victory for you, but it is a victory in the rainforest!
All choices are important
As consumers, we have tremendous power, and our choices can have a huge impact together. Just as our food choices can make the brain and body healthy, our consumer choices can also make the planet healthy.
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“Earth Day Remembrance: Healthy Food to Help Save the Rainforest” appeared on the BrainMD Health blog for the first time.