Drink this, eat that. There’s a lot of research on the effect of diet on memory and sometimes it can be a bit confusing keeping it all straight. It’s worth considering, though, the results of a recent study that will answer your question “Do dairy foods enhance memory?”
Do Dairy Foods Enhance Memory?
In the study, overweight adults having less than 2 serves of dairy/day were recruited for a 12 month trial and were either given a diet which was high dairy (4 serves/day) or a low dairy (1 serve/day). After 6 and 12 months, subjects were tested for measures of cognitive performance.
The researchers found there was some improvement in working memory after following the high dairy diet and concluded that following a high dairy diet may have the potential to improve working memory.
It should be noted that the study was only small with 38 participants and that low fat dairy was used. It’s worth considering though.
Do you know how many serves of dairy foods you are having each day? Are you in the low or high dairy group?
A serve is about:
- 1 glass (250mL) of milk
- 1 tub (200g) of yoghurt
- 2 slices (40g) of cheese
- 1 cup (250ml) custard
Read the entire article here.
So if you were wondering “Do dairy foods enhance memory?” it appears that drinking/eating them would indeed have a positive impact on your memory. If you’re someone who is lactose intolerant and as a result, aren’t able to consume a high dairy diet, don’t fret, as there are a lot of other foods that are also recommended. Have a look at some of the other food-related posts on this blog. Tell us what you think of this article in the comment section.