Want to know what your child should eat to do well in his exams? Check out what our expert says.
By Pavithra N Raj
This is around that time of the year again when the home ambience is stressful, with study sessions continuing till wee hours of the morning, when TV shows are a strict no and midnight snacking is fun. Exams are around the corner and while the exams are just for the kids, the stress is for the entire family.
While your child is burying himself/herself in the extensive study load, as a parent it is extremely important that you take care of your child’s health. Exam pressure can lead to various health issues like headaches, upset stomach, etc. So, it is but mandatory to ensure that your child is eating healthy, and binging on foods that boost memory power.
Foods high in trans-fats are extremely bad for health while saturated fats are moderately bad (only if taken in excess). The best fats for the development of the brain are the foods rich in MUFA (Mono Unsaturated Fatty Acids) and PUFA (Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids). MUFA is present in olive oil, nuts such as almonds, cashews, pecans and macadamias, and PUFA in canola oil, avocados, nut butters, olives, peanut oil PUFA - canola oil, grapeseed oil, corn oil, soybean oil, generic vegetable oil, walnut oil, cottonseed oil, sesame oil, peanut oil and flaxseed oil.
Here are some memory-boosting foods that can be very helpful for students this exam season:
Here are a few dietary suggestions for an alert brain before and during exams:
The author is Chief Dietician, Columbia Asia Referral Hospital, Yeshwanthpur. She has conducted many workshops on Food Safety and Enteral Nutrition.
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