Professor Yoshiko Koga from Kyorin University claims that eating ice cream for breakfast improves alertness and mental performance. How does he know this? He conducted a clinic trial with multiple subjects that were given three tablespoons of ice-cream when they woke up.
He found that “subject’s brains exhibited an increase in high-frequency alpha waves, which are connected to enhanced alertness and reduced mental irritation”(1).
The subjects were also put through a series of exercises using a computer and they displayed faster reaction times and superior information processing capabilities.
But can you get the same results when you use cold water instead of ice cream to get that initial jolt? According to Professor Koga, that doesn’t work. He hasn’t revealed what causes these reactions but in the meantime, if you plan on having ice-cream for breakfast make sure it’s only a few spoonful’s!
Excerpt from Dr. Chin’s book, Lifelines
Your body converts carbohydrates, proteins and fats into energy at different rates. Do you ever wonder why nutritionists always recommend that we eat a balanced mean? What does this really mean?
There are three types of food fuels:
- Carbohydrates: These plant-based foods provide an almost instantaneous source of energy in the form of sugars. The energy comes quickly, but also fades quickly. Examples include grains (such as wheat, rice, oats), fruits and vegetables.
- Proteins: Proteins come from both plant and animal sources They provide the same amount of caloric energy as carbohydrates, but are not as readily available to your body. They provide an intermediate source of energy. Examples of plant sources are chickpeas and quinoa. Animals sources include meats (such as chicken, beef) and seafood (such as fish, shrimp)
- Fats: Also from plant and animal sources, fats provide high caloric energy than both carbohydrates and proteins. However, this food fuel supplied your body with energy hours after you ingest and digest it, and for a longer time. Examples of plant sources are cooking oils (such as olive, grapeseed, avocado). Animal sources include dairy (such as milk, cheese, butter) and fat attached to meat.
When you eat a balanced meal that contains all three sources of food fuels, you provide your body with all three kinds of energy, leading to a better total energy picture over a 5-6 hour period(2).
Chin, E. (2015) Lifelines. Vancouver, BC. Figure 1 Publishing.