Japanese scientist claims eating ice cream for breakfast boosts mental alertness

By on November 23, 2016

The idea of people eating ice cream for breakfast might strike you as odd but an intriguing study made by Tokyo Kyorin University professor and psychophysiology expert, Yoshihiko Koga, will change your mind.

In collaboration with a Japanese confectionery company, Koga conducted a series of clinical trials with his test subjects who were made to eat 3 spoonfuls of ice cream first thing in the morning. Then, they were given mental exercises on a computer. Koga discovered that his subjects’ brains displayed an increase in alpha waves linked to higher levels of ‘alertness and mental irritation’.

Koga also conducted a separate test in which his subjects were made to drink cold water. Although the result of drinking cold water did show increased alertness, the levels were significantly lower than the ice cream results.

While the study on the direct link between ice cream for breakfast and brain boost yet needs to be re-evaluated, Koga urges people to use their discretion in considering how much ice cream to eat.

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