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Cereal bars, mood and memory

Smith, Andrew Paul ORCID: and Stamatakis, Christopher 2010. Cereal bars, mood and memory. Current Topics in Nutraceutical Research 8 (4) , pp. 169-172.

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Research has shown that breakfast cereal consumption leads to a more positive mood and improved memory. The present study investigated the acute effects of having a fibre cereal bar for breakfast on mood and memory. Twenty volunteers (15 male, 5 female; mean age 22 years) were tested at 09.00 following an overnight fast. They carried out a free recall task involving recall of a list of 20 words and rated their mood using bi-polar visual analogue scales. The volunteers then had a 40 minute break and half of the volunteers consumed cereal bars (37g; 606KJ/144KCcal; 26g carbohydrate, 1.5g protein; 3.74g fat and 1.5g fibre) at the start of the break whereas the others abstained from eating. Following the break the volunteers repeated the memory task and mood rating. The results showed that consumption of the cereal bar led to a more positive mood (greater alertness; being more happy/sociable; and being calmer). Recall of the list of words was also significantly greater in the cereal bar condition. Overall, the results extend previous findings and show that acute benefits of breakfast can be identified following consumption of a fibre cereal bar.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: New Century Health Publishers
ISSN: 1540-7535
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Last Modified: 20 Oct 2022 09:14

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