Oatmeal in the morning can help with athletes' mental acuity.
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TODAY'S TOPIC: YOUR BREAKFAST CHOICE MAY AFFECT YOUR DAILY DECISION-MAKING ABILITY
According to the report, the study participants made a better financial decision after eating bread and jam for breakfast versus ham and cheese. The theory is that following a carb-filled meal, people tend to have lower levels of tyrosine (an amino acid that is linked to the brain's reward system). Conversely, eating more protein and less carbs results in higher levels of tyrosine, which might make an unjust offer seem more rewarding.
“I personally don’t think that this study is generalizable enough to be able to say that eating a high-carb breakfast makes you a better decision maker,” says Monica Auslander, MS, R.D.N., founder of Miami-based Essence Nutritionand University of Miami Adjunct Professor. A carb-filled breakfast could temporarily boost the “happy chemicals” in your brain, thus giving you a momentary increase in energy and possible mental acuity. However, this likely lasts for 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the individual's metabolism and after a carbo-load there will be a subsequent crash where you could become irritable and mentally sluggish, she explains. "It would be interesting to test these people again a few hours later pre-lunch and see what happens," she adds.