Be still my heart. I just read a study that claims having ice cream for breakfast makes you smarter. Folks, I have been doing this quite often for my entire life, thus I must be a genius.
(And no, you do not need to write in with a comment about how this really will still my heart.)
Here’s the scoop (you knew that pun was coming). Scientists claim that eating ice cream first thing in the morning improves your alertness and mental performance. Yoshihiko Koga, a professor at Tokyo's Kyorin University, had test subjects try it out, and they had faster reaction times and better info-processing abilities on the computer. Their brains also revealed an increase in high-frequency alpha waves.
I know what you’re thinking (since you did not have ice cream this morning, and I did): You are thinking it’s the cold—that would jolt anybody, right? But they tried it with cold water and couldn’t duplicate the results. Some say our brains simply need glucose to function best, while many people skip breakfast entirely and miss this advantage. And others speculate that a big part of this could be the positive emotions triggered by having a treat— you’re activating the pleasure spots of your brain the same as if you won money or listened to a favorite song.
I don’t care. I just know I am finally vindicated, not a terrible mother after all, and now I’m wondering if cake or pie could produce the same results. I am happy to volunteer for the cause of science. It’s the least I can do.
And you can also perform a wonderful service—buy my books. They make wonderful Christmas gifts and will not melt under the tree the way ice cream will.