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.






  • Carol

    It’s hard to eat healthy especially when you have that craving. Often though the need for food is a feeling that you need a break. Have a glass of water on your desk and regularly take a sip or drink some after a chapter. Stand up and walk around, do some stretches, you might not even be hungry just craving. When you do need a meal eat the right things otherwise after the meal you feel like sleeping!

  • Karen Gottschalk

    Thank you for the comment, Carol. Yes, sometimes we think we are hungry, but in fact we are simply thirsty, and water is the best thing to quench our thirst.

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