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No more hamming and hawing

india Updated: Jun 25, 2007 23:56 IST

At last there’s a scientific study that lifts the burden of guilt that meat-eaters have had to lug around as vegetarianism, fruitism, and frankly, sheer spoilsport-ism were waved in their faces. Lovers of those slabs of meat need not despair. A research by scientists of Swansea University on six and seven-year-old children has reported that a breakfast of ham and cheese, the traditional German morning fare, goes a long way in having a positive impact on memory and attention levels.

For people who like to stick to meat as a diet of preference, the study is heaven-sent. For far too long, there have been all sorts of negative publicity on meat and cheese products as cholesterol-inducing villains. The study also shows that sugar-coated cereals, touted as ideal breakfast food, is so laden with sugar that it induces sluggishness in children. The culprit is the glycaemic load of the food. A ham and cheese combination has a much lesser load than ‘healthy’ alternatives.

The idea is that the slower the glucose is released, the better for one’s health. Whatever the science behind it, the point to be noted is that bacon, sausages and eggs are also to be welcomed back to the table, of course, in moderate amounts. The idea is to have your bacon and eat it too. Breakfast will soon become the best meal of the day once again.