This short article talks about how chemicals in your body control your thoughts and feelings. The example that Gary Wenk starts out with is craving a donut in the morning. Your body needs glucose for fuel so you crave something sweet. Eating that donut instead of eggs or bacon gives your body the sugars it needs to get your neurons firing and helps create an optimal learning environment. So where does the coffee come in? The sugar from the donuts will only take so far and that is when coffee kicks in to inhibit the neurotransmitter that makes you tired.
As a huge fan of Robert’s home-made donuts every other Thursday, this article caught my eye. Plus I was hoping that it would prove why I should eat donuts and drink coffee every day. While this article did not satisfy that need for me, it was very informative and an easy read. The author, Gary Wenk who has a PhD and is a Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience & Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics at the Ohio State University, does not use a bunch of scientific jargon. He draws you into the article with a topic that targets people on the go and he breaks down every step of the process. My favorite part of this article is how he concludes by going back to his original statement and even adds a little humor in that last line. With that one last line let me know that coffee and donuts have their benefits but also our brain does not also know how exactly we are getting that glucose for energy. My suggestion is to eat some fruit because that it is good for you and will satisfy your sweet tooth.