- Ice cream can boost
mental health and make a person smart, claims a new study.
- People who had ice cream for
breakfast were better at processing new information and showed faster reaction
- Mental alertness
also increased in participants who had cold water. However, the levels did not reach
as high as those starting the
day with ice cream.
People who have ice cream for breakfast are more likely to be smarter, says a new
research conducted by a Japanese scientist.
Yoshihiko Koga, a professor at Tokyo's Kyorin University, found that people who
had ice cream immediately after waking up were smarter.
‘Early morning indulgence in ice cream can boost mental performance and alertness.’
The Effect of
Ice Cream on Mental Health
participants were divided into two groups. The participants in group one were
asked to eat ice cream in the morning and participants in group two had a
regular breakfast. All the participants were also asked to complete a series of
mind exercises on a computer.
activity of the participants was examined. The results showed that the
participants who had ice cream for breakfast were better at processing new
information and showed faster reaction times.
activity revealed an increase in high-frequency Alpha waves, which are linked
to reduced mental irritation and elevated levels of alertness. The researcher
said that participants who had ice cream may have only been shocked into high
alert by its freezing temperature.
The Effect of
Cold Water on Mental Health
Yoshihiko Koga also wanted to test if cold water had the same effect as ice cream. The participants were
given a glass of cold water as soon as they woke up. Cold water did improve
mental alertness and capacity. However, the levels did not reach the highs of
those starting the day with ice cream.
has investigated the effect of certain foods on stress relief and aging. He
hopes to continue his work with ice cream and mental health, focusing on
the specific ingredient which is linked to mental alertness.
studies have also investigated the effect of sweet treats for breakfast and
overall health. A study conducted by Tel Aviv University in 2012 found that
eating chocolate cake for breakfast could help in weight loss. Participants who
had chocolate cake for breakfast were satisfied with their meal and were more
likely to keep the weight off.
also claimed that having desserts along with proteins
and carbohydrates can curb sweet cravings later in the day. However, people who
are looking to begin a breakfast diet with a dessert (ice cream or cake) should
Tallmadge, registered dietitian,
said, "I would never, in a million years, recommend cookies or cake for
breakfast." A healthy balanced diet is the most healthy way to begin the day.
Other foods that
improve brainpower are
- Dark chocolate
- Green tea
- Fatty fish
meal of the day. People who skip breakfast are more likely to be tired
throughout the day. Eating breakfast helps reduce the risk of diabetes, heart
disease, and obesity.
Some of the
benefits of eating breakfast include
- Provides energy for the day
- Boosts metabolism
- Keeps you from
- Aids in weight loss
bad cholesterol levels