What (Not) To Eat Before An Exam

Aside from junk food, we go in a little further to discover what not to eat before an exam.

We’ve had it embedded in our minds since we were kids, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” Well, it’s true and it’s very beneficial to make sure to eat the right foods right before an exam, or really any other event that will need you to be at your mental peak. Here are some tips to make sure you’re in top form for your next exam or an important lecture. What to Stay Away From Click here for our tips on what you should be eating before an exam LINK? On exam day it’s best to stay away from foods with a high amount of carbohydrates and sugar. That’s a pretty broad category to stay away from, but if you avoid them overall you pretty much don’t even have to check the nutrition facts. Basically, try to avoid foods like cookies, pancakes, muffins and most other sugary pastries. Sugar and carbs can take longer for your body to digest, so your body won’t be acquiring most of the nutrients found in those foods for a longer period of time. Contrary to popular belief, sugar and carbs will also give your body a more relaxed feeling, when you want to be at your most aware during school testing. Also contrary to what you might think, caffeine isn’t a good choice right before an exam, even if you think it will be a good supplement to keep you energized. Caffeine tends to make people more nervous than aware. Anxiety during an exam will affect your ability to think straight and could cause you to answer questions based off of fear and uncertainty rather than making decisions through memory. It also goes without saying that drinking alcohol before (or during) an exam will impair your judgement and test taking ability.

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