Sur­pris­ing ben­e­fit of in­dulging in a sweet

First For Women - - Nutrition -

It can help make you smarter, sug­gests re­search at the Univer­sity of War­wick in the U.K. When sub­jects over age 60 con­sumed a small dose of sugar (like the amount in a cookie), their mem­ory, cog­ni­tive func­tion and level of en­gage­ment on var­i­ous tasks im­proved—and they didn’t feel as if they were try­ing any harder. The study au­thors say the slight rise in blood sugar trig­gered by eat­ing a sweet pro­vides the brain with a quick dose of fuel that im­proves per­for­mance.

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