Volume 4, Issue 27
July 7, 2011

Is your breakfast
destroying your brain?

Many people continue to eat and feed their children boxed breakfast cereals.

I keep asking “why?”

These processed concoctions are the epitome of stale, chemicalized, imbalanced foods. Common sense says that they just can’t be good for you. But the ad companies do such a good job making them look like the “Breakfast of Champions” that common sense does not always prevail.

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Well, they may be the “Breakfasts of Champions,” but they don’t seem to be the breakfast of geniuses.

Researchers at the Utah State University recently looked at 3,831 men and women older than 65. They interviewed all of them and determined how often they ate what they called “ready-to-eat-cereals.” They put the participants into one of three categories: Those who ate the cereals every day; those who ate them at least once a week; and those who hardly ever ate them. They repeated the interview every three to four years for the next 11 years.

At the same time, they gave all of the participants a mental status examination testing their memory and overall cognition. Here’s what they found.

The men and women who ate cereal every day had lower mental status scores right from the beginning. Then to make matters worse for them, their brain function declined 25% more than those who ate the boxed wonders only occasionally.

If you want to maintain your mental acuity, avoid boxed cereals. They’re terrible for your brain. This doesn’t include another type of cereal that I eat four to five mornings every week. The cereal I eat is not processed, and is actually good for me. It has a lot of fiber, is also rich in minerals, and will not ruin your brain like our boxed friends. I’m talking about organic, slow cooked, steel cut oatmeal. You can find it at most good grocery stores. Here’s my tip of the day.

When I first roll out of bed, I take a quarter cup of the steel cut oatmeal and add it to 1 cup of water. I let it simmer on low heat for the next 35-40 minutes while I take my shower and get ready for the day. Then I pour it into a bowl with some raw honey, coconut oil, raw walnuts, and berries. It tastes great, is easy to make, and keeps me going strong all day.

Finding your Real Cures,

Frank Shallenberger, MD

REF: Wengreen H, Nelson C, Munger RG, Corcoran C. Prospective study of ready-to-eat breakfast cereal consumption and cognitive decline among elderly men and women. J Nutr Health Aging. 2011 Mar;15(3):202-7.

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