If you concern about your brain health, than pay a.o. extra attention to your breakfast! It is already scientifically proven that skipping breakfast is related to worse cognitive function in healthy adults, starting at 55 year of age.
Moreover, it seems that dividing equal amounts of food into 4 meals between 9 am and 3 pm could lead to better brain functioning in a short term compared to eating 2 meals during the same time period. But how about the long term effects of food intake throughout the day on the brain health?
A recent Chinese research team studied this question. In their study researchers used information from 3.342 participants aged 55 years and older during the period of 10 years.
The study showed that participants with unbalanced food intake, especially those with “breakfast-skipping” food intake pattern, had significantly lower scores on cognition tests, compared with those having “evenly-distributed” pattern. The other investigated food patterns were “breakfast-dominant”, “lunch-dominant”, “dinner-dominant” and “snack-rich”.
This means that healthy, balanced and well distributed food intake throughout the day can have positive effects on cognitive health. On the other hand, skipping breakfast may significantly increase the risk of cognitive decline in people above 55 years old.
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