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Breakfast Increases Cognitive Function

 

Comment:

Breakfast is generally said to be the most important meal of the day and yet so many people still skip it. 

To be able to give yourself a boost for the whole day in terms of what you achieve by just eating the right breakfast could be very beneficial.

Would people change their breakfast eating habits because of this new information?

Posted by James Lamper

Research:

Glucose is well known for being a good source of fuel for your brain. Now a study has been carried out to see if glucose absorption can affect your mental alertness. 

The study looked at 40 adults of a healthy weight, they were asked to eat white bread that had been enriched with guar gum which has slow energy release properties, or to eat a bread with a high GI which has fast energy release. The participants cognitive function was measure at regular intervals after the food had been eaten. 

The scores were the highest for the participants who ate the bread with guar gum 75-225 minutes after eating it. This study shows that the speed at which the carbohydrates are absorbed can affect cognitive function throughout the day.

"For more information see: Nilsson A et al. (2012) European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 66: pg 1039-43."

Original article can be found here: http://www.nutrition-communications.com/news_detail.php?news_id=311

 

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