The Only Reason You Really Need to Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast

Blue Bell fans, this news is for you.

Ashley McDonald
Strawberry-Basil Ice Cream
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Let’s be honest, here — if you have an unrelenting sweet tooth, ice cream for breakfast doesn’t sound good; it sounds great.
Your dreams may just become a reality, and you won’t even have to feel bad about it. According to a recent study in Japan, munching on Ben & Jerry’s after a period of rest will increase brain activity. The experiment was conducted by Yoshihiko Koga, a professor at Tokyo’s Kyorin University, The Telegraph reports. Koga specializes in psychophysiology, and he examines the connections between food and stress levels.
For this particular study, Koga organized specific test groups: After waking up, one group ate ice cream while the other didn’t. Both completed mental exercises on a computer…and guess which group outperformed the other?
You guessed it. The ones who ate ice cream displayed faster reactions and improved information-processing skills. It boiled down to an upsurge in high-frequency alpha brain waves.
And if you’re wondering whether the rush of consuming something cold put the test subjects on high alert, thus rendering the study baseless, have no fear. The professor repeated the study with cold water, and though test subjects did exhibit higher mental capacities, it didn’t have quite the same effects.
Professor Koga is currently studying whether a certain ingredient is responsible for the enhancement, or if it’s simply the fact that ice cream brings about positive emotion and energy.

Either way, we’ll take it. Pair this info with the research asserting that chocolate improves your memory, and we see no reason to dig into a little mocha treat come sunrise here and there.