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Report: Ideal breakfast has ham, cheese

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ciabatta.gifciabatta.gifA scientific study of British students’ eating habits has found eating ham and cheese for breakfast can significantly improve cognitive functioning.

The study headed up by psychology professor David Benton of Wales’ Swansea University found the traditional German breakfast can aid in cognitive functions like memory and attention levels, The Sunday Times of London said.

“It is all down to the glucose release of the breakfast into the bloodstream. The slower the release, the better the pupils performed,” Benton said of his study’s findings.

Benton’s group monitored the eating habits and cognitive performance of 6- and 7-year-olds to determine the effect of a well-balanced breakfast.

Benton’s group also found meals with slow-releasing glucose levels helped children stay physically fit and curbed obesity by limiting one’s appetite.

“The high protein in the breakfast will release into the system slowly, and therefore it will suppress the appetite for longer, and prevent children from snacking,” he told the newspaper.

…done with breakfast. Call for papers on scientific lunch and dinner research now😉

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see also:

Nutr Neurosci. 2006 Jun-Aug;9(3-4):161-8.

The effect of the interaction between glucose tolerance and breakfasts varying in carbohydrate and fibre on mood and cognition.

Nabb SL, Benton D. – Department of Psychology, University of Wales Swansea, Swansea, UK. s.nabb@hull.ac.uk

As a glucose containing drink has been reported to improve memory, and missing breakfast has been reported to adversely influence memory late in the morning, meals designed to differ in their ability to release glucose into the blood stream were contrasted. Using a factorial design, breakfasts containing 15, 30 or 50 g of carbohydrate and 1.5, 6 or 13 g of fibre were compared. The glucose tolerance of participants proved to be an important factor. Those with better tolerance reported better mood. Those eating breakfasts containing greater amounts of carbohydrate reported feeling tired rather than energetic. The amount of carbohydrate did not negatively affect memory in those with better glucose tolerance, however, the consumption of more carbohydrate resulted in more forgetting in those with poorer glucose tolerance. The effect with reactions times differed from memory in that a greater intake of carbohydrate resulted in faster responses later in the morning.

PMID: 17176639 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Written by huehueteotl

June 25, 2007 at 12:03 pm

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