Food and the Brain: Can a Snack Help You Make Better Decisions?

Food and the Brain: Can a Snack Help You Make Better Decisions?

Stephanie Barlow
Aug 24, 2011

Do you suffer from decision fatigue? The New York Times reports that this phenomenon is real, and can result in some poorly made choices, from choosing between china patterns to deciding whether an inmate deserves early parole. However, researchers found that a specific kind of snack could give the brain a needed boost.

This boost is more than just that lull you feel around 3 or 4 p.m., or how your brain feels when you skip a meal. Researchers found that when the brain is faced with a lengthy decision process that causes decision making skills to break down, that a dose of glucose could help.

The article also details some fascinating findings about how the brain makes decisions and how will power is connected. Next time you're faced with a long day of going over new carpet samples or college applications, make sure you have a sweet snack to keep your choices on point!

Read more: Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue? at The New York Times

Related: 15 Snacks To Fuel Your Work Day

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