This morning I rocked up at work and chucked my oats into the microwave to make some porridge with blueberries sprinkled on top. Because it’s healthy. And everyone knows a nutritious breakfast is the best way to get your day off to a good start, right? Right?
According to a new study, I would’ve been better off scoffing down a few scoops of neapolitan ice cream.
Yes, ice cream – that cold, delightful delicacy usually reserved for one very important ‘meal’ only: dessert.
Japanese professor Yoshihiko Koga from Kyorin University in Tokyo conducted an experiment in which subjects were required to eat three spoonfuls of ice cream immediately after waking up (seriously, where does one sign up for this
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The (now very happy) subjects were then required to complete mental exercises on a computer.
The delicious result?
Compared to the poor buggers who didn’t get to consume any of the icy goods, or anything at all for that matter, the ice cream eaters were shown to have not only better information processing capabilities but quicker reaction times too.
Plus, brain waves measured during the experiment showed those who’d eaten the ice cream had an increase in alpha waves which are linked to relaxation and concentration.