Breakfast and Academics

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Eating breakfast has been linked to better academic performance and cognitive function. How? Simple, the brain needs energy to function, like everything else in your body. Skipping breakfast deprives energy from the brain. Everything that the brain controls then suffers as a consequence of that.

Students who do not eat a regular breakfast and go to school hungry are found to be more restless and disruptive during school thus affecting their learning experience. I mean if you’re hungry, you aren’t going to be thinking of anything other than that sandwich at the bottom of your bag!

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There have been many studies, in particular from the National Institute of Nutrition, to show that having a regular breakfast can increase cognitive function. This includes concentration, attention, mathematics, reading ability, memory and grades. There are even studies to show that those who ate breakfast made less mistakes in standardized tests and mathematics. Anything to help with maths, am i right?

In this study by Wesnes et al, there were four groups tested, two with breakfast, one with a glucose drink and the other with no breakfast. Not surprisingly the groups which at breakfast showed an improvement in attention and memory over the other two groups. However s urprisingly, by the time it was noon, the cognitive function of the breakfast eaters increased while the non eaters and glucose drinker’s cognitive function was almost half of the breakfast eaters!

It is even more important for children and teenagers to have a regular breakfast as their brains are still growing. The brain needs enough energy supplied to the brain in order for it to grow and develop properly. A study shows that the brain doesn’t really stop growing until late adolescence, around 16 to 18 years.

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Besides from grades and academics which are improved, having breakfast means having more energy in the day to be active. This means that students are more likely to participate in activities such as sport, other physical activity or social interactions.

Overall, both academics and physical activity in a student can be greatly increased by having that first meal of the day before school.

Remember if you want to “Think like a beast, have your morning feast!”

E.C

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Fuel for the day!

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Eating breakfast gives you your fuel for the day! When you wake up, your energy levels are low as you would have been fasting for more than 8 hours already (Give or take, depending on the midnight snack! Don’t deny it, we all do it!).

If you skip breakfast, it will be another couple of hours before you eat and by that time your body will be scraping away at those energy levels!

Breakfast means literally breaking the fast, it’s the first meal of the day. So when we wake up, it is essential to eat breakfast to replenish those levels and to help your body function throughout the day.

But wait. The food you choose to eat for breakfast can determine the energy levels in your body. The International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition study has shown that every participant which has eaten breakfast has had an immediate alertness in the morning. (That means it’s better to eat any breakfast, than to eat none at all!)

However those who ate a high fiber and carbohydrate rich meal instead of a fact rich breakfast were more likely to have more energy and alertness.

The conclusion?

Eat breakfast, first and foremost, for energy throughout the day.
Also eat a high fiber and carbohydrate breakfast for increased energy levels.

Remember if you want to “Think like a beast, have your morning feast!”

E.C

Brekkie and the Beast!

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why aren’t more people eating it?

According to Healthy Eating, 8-12% of school children are not eating breakfast and by the time they are teenagers, 20-30% of them have given up on it altogether!

Brekkie and the Beast is dedicated to promoting the benefits of having breakfast!

There are many reasons to why people, and especially teenagers are not eating breakfast. The list is long, from weight issues, to not feeling hungry, to having no time.

However, likewise, the list of benefits are long!

Having the same boring cereal everyday? No time to make breakfast in the morning? Don’t know how to cook? Well no excuses! This blog will give you easy and simple recipes that anyone can follow!

So get behind this cause!

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Remember if you want to “Think like a beast, have your morning feast!”

E.C