Your pancake breakfast could be making you cranky

Scientists found that breakfasts high in carbohydrates affects people's decision making.
Is your breakfast making you cranky? Cut back on carbs. (IrishFireside/Wikimedia Commons)

What did you have for breakfast this morning?  Are you a grab-a-muffin-and-go kind of person? Or maybe you prefer a heartier, protein heavy breakfast? You know … eggs and bacon with a slice of whole-grain toast? 

Well, it turns out, that decision could matter for more than your waistline.  According to the senior author of a new study, Dr. So Young Park from the University of Lü​beck says what you eat could influence decisions you make.

She and her colleagues found that when people ate carbohydrate-heavy breakfast, they were much more likely to punish a person for making an unfair offer in a pscyhological game known as the Ultimatum Game. The reason for this? If you eat a breakfast that's higher in protein, you make more tyrosine, which is a precurser to dopamine — a neurotransmitter in the brain that affects decisions we make.

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