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Ice cream for breakfast 'makes you smarter'

November 25, 2016 | Comment icon 27 comments

Eating ice cream for breakfast is still probably not a good idea. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 distillated
A Japanese scientist has revealed that eating the frozen dessert for breakfast boosts mental performance.
It may sound like a counter-intuitive alternative to healthy cereals, toast or porridge oats, but according to Professor Yoshihiko Koga of Tokyo's Kyorin University, ice cream first thing in the morning is very effective at improving alertness and concentration.

The bizarre claim is based on a series of clinical trials conducted in Japan in which one group of participants feasted on ice cream immediately after waking up and another group didn't eat any.

Both groups were then asked to complete a series of exercises on a computer.
The results showed a significant improvement in the mental performance of those who had eaten the ice cream compared to that of those who had not feasted on the dessert.

A second test which involved drinking cold water first thing in the morning also showed a marked improvement in mental functioning, but not as much as with those who had eaten the ice cream.

"A possible explanation is the simple presence of consuming breakfast vs. not consuming breakfast," said nutritional psychologist Katie Barfoot from Reading University.

"Our brain needs glucose to function, and a high glucose meal will aid mental capacity considerably compared to a fasted brain. This, however, does not condone eating dessert for breakfast."

Source: Telegraph | Comments (27)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #18 Posted by sees 6 years ago
Yes coffee icecream sprinkled with walnuts and hot chocolate sauce! 
Comment icon #19 Posted by Daughter of the Nine Moons 6 years ago
Sprinkled with Nutella  hot chocolate sauce...
Comment icon #20 Posted by Habitat 6 years ago
You have already gone past your sugar limit !
Comment icon #21 Posted by Daughter of the Nine Moons 6 years ago
Comment icon #22 Posted by sees 6 years ago
Call the sugar police!!! 
Comment icon #23 Posted by seeder 6 years ago
Ice cream only really sells in summer. This seems like a marketing strategy
Comment icon #24 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
Think about it a minute.  Ice cream contains protein from the cream used.  Sugar for energy and some fat for later.  The trouble is most people will eat more than they should.  I know I would. 
Comment icon #25 Posted by sees 6 years ago
Cream is not exactly a good protein but a traditional icecream would be made like an egg custard so it would have the complete protein of eggs.
Comment icon #26 Posted by simplybill 6 years ago
Woody Allen predicted this years ago: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1yCeFmn_e2c  
Comment icon #27 Posted by brlesq1 6 years ago
Ice cream for breakfast? Bring it on! (Don't forget the sprinkles...)

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