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Healthy Breakfast Boosts Concentration and Academic Performance in Children

by Reshma Anand on November 18, 2015 at 12:45 PM
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Healthy Breakfast Boosts Concentration and Academic Performance in Children

Eating a healthy breakfast improves concentration in children and help them score good marks in examinations than children who study with an empty stomach, revealed a new study.

Researchers at the University of Cardiff analyzed 5000 kids in the age group of 9-11 years. They showed a link between eating breakfast and academic performance for the very first time. The study was published in the Journal Public Health Nutrition.


Researchers described that children are twice as likely to score higher than average marks in exams if they have started the day with a healthy breakfast. They referred cereals, bread, fruit and milk products as a healthy breakfast. However, eating deep fried foods such as sweets, chips early in the morning reduced their concentration levels and did not have any positive effect on academic achievements.

Hannah Littlecott, the lead author of the study, said, "This study offers the strongest evidence yet of links between aspects of what pupils eat and how well they do at school, which has significant implications for education and public policy research."

Children must be given a healthy breakfast to keep their brain active and healthy throughout the day. It boosts their performance and concentration levels.

Dr Graham Moore, co-author of the report, said, "There is reason to believe that where schools are able to find ways of encouraging those young people who don't eat breakfast at home to eat a school breakfast, they will reap educational benefits."

Source: Medindia

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