Wednesday, December 9, 2020

What does the study "study?"

It is important to be clear about what any study is ‘studying’ and what the results actually mean. While ice cream may be better than nothing for the brain, you may want to look at the big picture before choosing ice cream for breakfast. One source of nutritional data on ice cream described a typical scoop this way: one 3.5-ounce serving of vanilla ice cream contains 125 calories, 7 grams of fat, and 14 grams of sugar. Fourteen grams of sugar is likely to trigger a blood-sugar high in the brain followed by a corresponding blood-sugar low—because what goes up must come down. This pushes the brain to try and reverse the blood-sugar low. It may grab a snack (e.g., donut, sweet roll, sugary drink, or candy bar). A roller-coaster of blood sugar levels are not unhelpful for overall and long-term brain function. By all means eat breakfast and boot up your brain. Choose healthier carbs for your brain. More tomorrow. 

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