Our breakfast may affect our mental health

American researchers published a study earlier this year in NeuroRegulation finding a connection between what we eat for breakfast and our mental health.

The study was a case study involving a 12-year-old girl. The researchers had participate in 3 different breakfast scenarios, then they measured her brain activity using quantitative EEG.

What they discovered was that when she skipped breakfast entirely, she showed an increase in high beta activity, which is generally associated with anxiety and focus issues.

When she had breakfast, but it was primarily high in simple carbohydrates (a fruit-filled toaster pastry and a glass of orange juice), her high beta activity was reduced but still significant.

When she had a nutritionally balanced breakfast, her EEG readings became normalized, suggesting that a breakfast incorporating all food groups can help us reduce anxiety levels and improve our focus.

So what did she eat for breakfast?

  • 2 scrambled eggs
  • a half slice of toast
  • 1¼ cup of tomatoes
  • ½ cup of fruit (strawberries, bananas, and apples)
  • 1 cup of whole milk

Admittedly, this is a small sample size, so more research is needed before making definitive conclusions. That being said, this study joins an every growing body of research showing that nutrition has a close connection to mental health.

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  • Braven R. Corby

    human beings are not meant to consume any form of dairy, other than the milk of their mother up to 2 years of age.
    human beings physiology was NOT designed by God to consume dairy from another species.

    • Nicole Weinstein

      God put cows on this earth so we could drink their milk and eat their meat..give your head a shake!!

      • Braven R. Corby

        YOU ARE WRONG NICOLE WEINSTEIN!! YOU GIVE YOUR HEAD A SHAKE AND READ YOUR BIBLE!!
        IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS IT CLEARLY STATES THAT GOD GAVE HUMAN BEINGS EVERY FRUIT BARING SEED AND THAT SHOULD BE YOUR MEAT.
        YOU ARE VERY IGNORANT AND NEED TO GO AND STUDY THE WHOLE TRUTH ABOUT NUTRITION.
        RAW LIVING FOODS IS OVER AND ABOVE AND BEYOND A COOKED VEGAN DIET.
        YOU ARE VERY IGNORANT AND VERY STUPID AND NEED TO STUDY STUDY AND STUDY AND THEN TRY THE RAW LIVING FOODS DIET YOURSELF FOR AN ENTIRE 2 YEARS.
        IT TAKES 2 YEARS TO CLEAN THE BODY OUT PROPERLY.
        WAKE UP NICOLE WEINSTEIN!!!!

        • Nicole Weinstein

          6 years at the university and I studied nutrition,so I rest my case..most vegans we need are NOT healthy..
          You are entitled to your beliefs, but don’t try to convince others to do something that might be harmful for them.
          I am a believer , but I don’t try to force my beliefs on others.
          Regards

        • Grace Griepsma

          Braven Honey Child, please look in the mirror . You’re coming across as a nut. Not “every” body has the same needs. I’ve tried the vegetarian diet and no longer looked nor felt healthy. My naturopath , MD and chiro told me for pete sake, eat a steak!

  • Braven R. Corby

    and breads are not good for human consumption either.
    try a raw vegan diet

    • Nicole Weinstein

      Do not recommend a vegan diet please, we are chiropractors and our most unhealthy patients are vegan..bread is fantastic, bread, butter, jam, orange juice, you can eat what you want for breakfast..
      Maybe the problem is that the US has approved the use of genetically modified foods, forbidden in Europe, where there are very few allergies, or the gluten free crap..

  • Ward Moroz

    Evolution over hundreds of thousands of years as hunter-gatherers/foragers ensured Sapiens’ diet was varied and highly nutritious. I would bet my bottom dollar there were far fewer mental illnesses prior to the agricultural revolution some 10,000 years ago.

  • Tina Stepan

    Can someone please tell me how this became a “religious ” conversation about what is “good , bad or otherwise ” for one’s health??? Grains in the bible were a mainstay staple for human consumption ( just saying) and “breads” were very much a part of that! Today’s “grains and breads are badly modified and probably at the root of some of the food problems we have . However, I am not here to get into a religious debate…I am here to research the realities of nutrition at a micro nutrient level for an autistic child who I can guarantee does not do well on a Vegan and or raw food diet! Braven , it is rather offensive to see someone being attacked by internet “yelling ” because of personal preferences . Each person is different and will respond differently to different “diets” ….please tone it down some in the future…..I’d personally really appreciate it.