Food for Thought

Article by: Liam R.

Graphic by: Gabby F.

As students progress through the year, many are finding themselves struggling under mountains of work. An unexpected source of help could be their diets. Namely, eating certain foods could provide students with different study benefits. We’ve discovered some student favorites as well as scientifically proven foods to eat while studying.

The BBC recommends many different foods which have various benefits. It is important to eat whole grains in order to improve energy, and thus concentration. Blueberries are also supposed to improve short-term memory, according to Tufts University.

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Omega-3 fats are another important ingredient to help with studying. They can be found in oily fish such as salmon or trout, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts. These foods provide the omega-3 fats in their active form, EPA and DHA. As a result, not only are they advantageous to wellbeing and brain function, they may also produce serotonin, a brain chemical which puts you in a good mood, as well as helps manage stress.

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Another good recommendation is broccoli. As a great source of vitamin K, broccoli can improve cognitive function. The US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health reported that due to the fact that broccoli contains glucosinolates, it can protect your brain from neurodegenerative diseases.

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Some students have developed their own eating habits while studying, which don’t necessarily align with the recommended diet. Junior Sarah G. actually prefers to eat chocolates and popcorn while studying. “While I’m working, if I’m stressed, I like to eat chocolate. When I’m more relaxed, I like to eat popcorn,” she admitted. However, she understands the problem with her eating habits. “Although I know these foods are unhealthy, I like to eat comfort foods while studying to try and be as relaxed as possible.”

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Sarah is not the only one who likes to snack on sweets while working. Junior Jose A. explain his strategy, saying “I’ll get a chocolate bar, and break it up into little pieces. Then for every 10 pages of the textbook which I read, I’ll eat one of the pieces.” This method of self-motivation may be wrong from an objective standpoint, but everyone has their own style of studying.

If you don’t have any particular tactics which you use while studying, consider incorporating a healthy diet in order to make work a little easier. Or, find a method which suits you best, as every person is different.



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