Ice cream is one of life’s great indulgences. Eaten after dinner, ice cream can be the perfect ending to a perfect meal. But what about ice cream for breakfast? And how about giving your kids a scoop before shuttling them off to school.
Parents, I can hear the collective gasp. The idea of feeding your little ones a frozen treat first thing in the morning is way outside the breakfast of champions box. But new research suggests ice cream for breakfast might make children smarter.
And before you ask, the answer is no, the research wasn’t compiled by a group of savvy kids looking to switch out oatmeal for sundaes in the morning. Ben & Jerry’s didn’t fund the inquiry, either. This study was published by Yoshihiko Koga, a professor at Japan’s Kyorin University.
Research compared participant brain activity in folks who had been given ice cream immediately after waking up with those who had not eaten ice cream. The result? Koga found that people who ate ice cream had faster response times and more brainwave activity than those who had more traditional breakfasts.
Overall, participants who indulged in ice cream first thing in the morning had better reaction times and were better able to process information. Tests of brain activity indicated that people who ate the ice cream had an increase in high-frequency alpha waves, which are associated with higher levels of alertness and a reduction in mental irritation.
Not convinced? I’m not sure I am either. Filling my kids’ bellies with sugar first thing in the morning for health reasons runs against everything I know about nutrition. But, I may give it a try myself. Just to see.