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Arch Latinoam Nutr. 2001 Mar;51(1):57-63.

[Influence of breakfast on cognitive functions of children from an urban area in Valencia, Venezuela].

[Article in Spanish]

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Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad de Carabobo Centro de Investigaciones en Nutrición (CEINUT), Valencia, Venezuela.

Abstract

It's well known that physical growth and intellectual activity is influenced by nutritional status. With the purpose of evaluate the fasting effects on the cognitive functions, anthropometric state and cognitive functions (logic and school work performance), under fasting and post-breakfast condition were assessed in a group of 68 school children age 9 and 10 years, who studied in a private school (1998-1999). Logic reasoning was measured with Raven test and attention, precision, velocity and fatigue with the Lepez test. The main of the children (80%) were well-nourished and 20% had showed overweight. At breakfast condition all subjects were over 50 percentil for Raven test. Consumption of breakfast influence on logic reasoning (p < 0.001) and school work performance (p < 0.01). It is concluded that in these well nourished children, breakfast consumption improved cognitive performance.

PMID:
11515233
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