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Protein For Breakfast May Put You In A Better Mood, Says Recent Study

By Nicole Caldwell

We’ve all woken up on the wrong side of the bed. But did you consider your breakfast selection might be making matters much, much worse? A new study, published in the journal PNAS, suggests that what you put on your plate in the morning may dictate your mood. Proving yet again that your mother was right: Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.

International Business Times reports that a breakfast high in protein will set your mood straight for the day—and that breakfasts high in carbs over proteins result in people being more annoyed by their peers and coworkers throughout the day. Chowing down on protein first-thing in the day may help you be more accepting of those around you, better manage stress, and enjoy a better disposition overall.   

For the study, 111 people were offered a breakfast high in protein or carbs. After eating everything on the plate and taking some time to digest, they had to play a little thing called the “Ultimatum Game.” In the game, the “contestants” are offered an unequal split on a sum of money. For example, the experimenter might offer the subject $4 while he or she kept $15. If the person in the study accepts the offer, the money is divvied up accordingly. If the offer is refused, no one gets anything.