Survey finds link between breakfast and high academic performance
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A Westminster University survey on students’ breakfast habits found that 90% of the highest achieving students eat breakfast before 9am every morning, and 80% wake up before 8am to eat breakfast. The survey also showed that cereal is the preferred breakfast food with over 90% of those surveyed rejected having eggs, bacon or beans for breakfast in favour of cereal and milk, whilst sixty percent enjoyed a cup of tea first thing in the morning, instead of coffee. Reena Chadee, winner of a High Academic Achievement at Westminster University said: “I make sure I eat breakfast every morning. A good bowl of cereal mixed with some fruits and a cup of tea is the best way to start my day. I feel fresher, more relaxed, and concentrate in lessons”. Lisa Smith, nutritionist and member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) said: “Eating breakfast is a little bit like filling a near-empty car with gas – with a good breakfast in your “tank”, you’re fuelled for the rest of the day. Without breakfast, you’ll get started but, like that near-empty car, soon you’ll be sputtering, running out of energy and looking anywhere for a re-fill – and for most people, that usually means another cup of coffee, along with an unhealthy, high-carb snack and then eating too much at lunch and dinner.” She continued: “Increasing glucose concentration and nutrient supply to the central nervous system by eating breakfast regularly, improves cognitive functions and in particular short term memory skills. It is no surprise that eating a bowl of cereal for breakfast regularly helps improve student’s grades”. According to Lisa Smith, the perfectly planned breakfast for students looking to boost their grades includes complex carbohydrates such as whole grains. Also, omega 3 fatty acids, such as ground flax and linseed seeds and fruits such as blueberries, raspberries, apples and pears.