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Check Your Plate

Both the Mediterranean and MIND diets—which emphasize fruits and vegetables, nuts, legumes, whole grains, olive oil and fish—have been shown to reduce the risk of dementia. But revamping your eating habits can be a daunting task. Instead, first focus only on adding color to your plate, Aggarwal says. These are the reds, greens, oranges, yellows, blues and purples of antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies like peppers, leafy greens, figs and blueberries ("Brown, white and beige is not color," she says). Then, before digging in, ask yourself: Is this plate colorful enough?