Diet-Health Link

“Good foods can help us live better, longer,” says Alon Seifan, MD, director of neurology at Compass Health Systems in Miami, FL, who co-founded the café with his brother, Tomer, and sister, Galit.

During a fellowship in Alzheimer’s disease at Columbia University, Dr. Seifan was struck by the abundance of research linking lifestyle factors to cognitive health later in life. He found the research on diet and nutrition especially compelling—and he began to notice a pattern. “All the diets featured fruits, vegetables, whole grains, good fats, and legumes,” he says.

Honeybrains’ executive chef Kevin Chun creates each dish with these five food groups in mind, and symbols on the menu indicate which ones are represented. The honey-roasted organic chicken club sandwich, for example, served with fresh mint and parsley, pickled radishes, scallions, root vegetables, and fresh chiles, contains three of the groups: vegetables, grains, and omega-3 fats. The “Mediterranean mind salad”—with baby spinach, hummus, chickpeas, quinoa, cucumbers, tomatoes, and spiced walnuts—contains all five.

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