January 04, 2013

The Canadian Sugar Institute Nutrition Information Service is pleased to provide you with the newest editions of our health professional and consumer resources.

This edition of Carbohydrate News, entitled Carbohydrates and the Cognitive Performance of Children, features an article written by Dr. David Benton of Swansea University, United Kingdom. In this article, Dr. Benton outlines the importance of carbohydrate for brain functioning, particularly in children where brain glucose requirements are at their peak. Since blood glucose levels are low in the morning, breakfast becomes a critical meal for optimal school performance. This article reviews the effects of breakfast and its composition, such as the proportion of carbohydrate, protein, fat, and fibre, on children’s cognition and school performance.

This issue of Clips on Sugars, Breakfast Brain Booster, provides consumer-friendly information on the importance of daily breakfast consumption by children and adolescents, both for overall health and school performance. It also includes a variety of breakfast ideas that can be shared with clients.