The impact of breakfast on cognitive performance in children and adults

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Scientific investigation of the relationship between food consumption and cognitive function is a relatively new area of research. Research has investigated the effects of both macronutrients and micronutrients on cognitive function and it has been suggested that such nutritional manipulations can have beneficial effects on cognitive performance in both adults and children (Blom-Hoffman et al. 2004; Dye & Blundell 2002; Dye et al. 2000; Hoyland et al. 2008, 2009). Research has, for example, shown a positive effect of iodine supplementation on cognitive performance in iodine-deficient children (Van den Briel et al. 2000) and a positive effect of vitamin/mineral supplementation on attention in children (Haskell et al. 2008). However, contrary to these findings, other research has not found any effects of nutritional manipulation or has only found effects on a few out of a number of cognitive measures. Kennedy et al.(2009), for example, investigated the effects of the essential
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNutrition and Mental Performance: A Lifespan Perspective
EditorsLeigh Riby, Michael Smith, Jonathan Foster
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780230299894
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2012


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