Nutrition And Your Studies – Foods to Avoid
Avoid highly processed foods, as these have largely been robbed of their nutritional value. These types of foods include crisps, candy, sugary foods and drinks, and foods made mostly from white flour, e.g cookies, cakes and pastries.
Sugar robs the body of vitamins and minerals and can increase hyperactivity. Beware of the sugar that is added to foods such as breakfast cereals, sweetened drinks, energy bars and yoghurt. Also avoid artificial sweeteners as some of them are potentially harmful to your health. Honey is a healthier alternative and takes longer to digest.
Additives such as food colouring may enhance the appearance of food and make it more appealing, but that does not mean that they are good for us. Avoid colours such as blue, yellow and red. MSG (monosodium glutamate) enhances the taste of food, but should be avoided. Rather choose natural colours and tastes.
Too much salt robs us of minerals that are necessary for our brains to work optimally. Processed foods and fast foods tend to be high in salt.
Caffeine which is found in tea, coffee, colas and energy drinks, robs the body of minerals. Caffeine can cause headaches, increase your heart rate and might make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep.
Avoid trans fats which are found in cookies, crackers, cakes and fried food, as they interfere with brain function.
The bottom line
Replace junk food with good food. Limit sugary, processed foods. Eat lots of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds. This will lead to improved health and help you to study better.