Food and Health


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When preparing for exam, you have to eat well, study well and observe some other good precautionary measures that will guarantee you success. But how well do you eat? Are you eating right? Some foods you/ everyone believe to be good to the body and brain could actually be disadvantageous during exam period. Not all foods should be taken before an exam as they might render your hours of burning night candles a waste.

Here are 5 kinds of food to avoid before going for exam:


Also known as “refined carbohydrates” are carbohydrates that have undergone extensive chemical processing. They are made from refined ingredients and artificial substances. Examples of processed carbohydrates are:

  • Cookies
  • Cakes
  • Muffins
  • Pancakes
  • Pies
  • Dough
  • Pizza
  • Potato chips
  • Puddings
  • Most Breads and some other “junkie foods”

Most students are guilty of consuming these kinds of foods as it comes in handy. Very easy to make or buy and portable to carry along without much fuss. You could possibly eat them anywhere and anytime without making an allowance for table manners.

Why should they be avoided during exam period?

Aside the facts that it could lead to Obesity, heart diseases, diabetes and addiction, it could pose an inevitable problem when writing or preparing for exam.

Did you know that given the way those foods are processed, they are often very easy to chew and swallow. One consequence of this is that we can eat more of them in a shorter amount of time leading to excessive consumption, heaviness and dizziness. It also contributes to stress and depression.

Also, consumption of these “junkies” makes you crave for more, leading to addiction and this affects your brain and mood when you are unable to get one.


No doubt, turkey(skinless) has low cholesterol level and improves the potency of the immune system. A good source of Niacin, VitaminB6 and Selenium which helps in producing energy and boosting of immune system. Turkey also contains Tryptophan which although, enhances immunity could pose a problem when taken during examination period.

Tryptophan produces Serotonin, a neurotransmitter which calms the mood and leads to drowsiness. It is beneficial for those suffering from insomnia but not good for a student who wants to stay awake and on the alert to study for exams.

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Some might not actually classify this as food but a lot of students are blameworthy of consuming this on a daily basis in order to increase their mental alertness and stay awake.

What happens if you force your system to stay awake all night and you were hacked down by series of headaches and dizziness on the day of your exam? You tend to perform poorly.

Regular takers of caffeine will need more caffeine intake to achieve the same effects. Someone who takes a cup to stay awake all night will need 4 – 6 cups days later to still stay awake all night. You begin to consume caffeine in higher dosage which will lead to anxiety, dizziness, headaches and fatigue. According to Wikipedia, caffeine effects appear to be detrimental to short-term memory. Sources of caffeine are:

  • Coffee
  • Teas
  • Soft Drinks
  • Energy Drinks
  • Caffeinated Snack Foods
  • Chocolate Candy and Drinks
  • Some Pills
  • Most Beverages


This is a step too far…………..difficulty in walking, blurred vision, slurred speech, impaired memory, blackout and memory lapses and a host of others. Students should not try this at all. Aside all those listed above, you wouldn’t want to play a fool of yourself.


Before going for an exam, you should not try new stuffs as your body might be allergic to it. You know your body system well and how it works. Stick with your formulae and do not be experimental with foods.

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