that ice cream improves brain function. Period. Hang on a minute. During sleep your brain is “fasting,” unless you are hooked up to some type of nutritional source. Upon awakening, it needs some nutrition first thing in the morning to help it “boot up,” and function well. That is the definition of breakfast after all: giving the brain some food to break the fast. Studies also suggest that the brain need carbs for its neurons. Ice cream involves simple carbs—but that does not mean they are quality carbs. According to Katie Barfoot, a Nutritional Psychology Doctoral Researcher at Reading University, a possible explanation for the increased alertness observed in the study may simply show the difference between eating breakfast versus not eating breakfast. More tomorrow.