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The school breakfast program and cognition in adolescents.

Authors
  • Cromer, B A
  • Tarnowski, K J
  • Stein, A M
  • Harton, P
  • Thornton, D J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics : JDBP
Publication Date
Dec 01, 1990
Volume
11
Issue
6
Pages
295–300
Identifiers
PMID: 2289961
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We studied cognitive function and metabolic status in a group of healthy adolescents fed the government supplied breakfast (n = 18) versus a control group (n = 16) fed a very low calorie meal. Serum glucose and beta-hydroxybutyrate levels were repeatedly measured at predetermined intervals throughout the testing period. Acute cognitive and mood effect were evaluated in all subjects on a pre-post basis. No significant group differences emerged on a battery of psychological measures that assessed short-term auditory memory, vigilance, impulsivity, and mood. Neither serum glucose or beta-hydroxybutyrate levels correlated significantly with any behavioral measure. Results are discussed in the context of previous studies of nutrition and cognition.

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