Exam times for kids are stressful, not just for the kids but more for the moms !!!
I remember my mom used to be ready with a bowl of homemade curds mixed with sugar while we were getting ready to leave the home for any of our exams or anything important.
I used to wonder why curds with sugar was so important, but never refused it as it used to part of the Prasad offered to the goddess Saraswati. Mum is very religious, so I would just gulp the yummy curds and scoot off.
But that need to know WHY behind any ritual / act had to be satisfied.
And guess what, I got hold of that real reason just this morning when I was forwarded an article on foods for brain by my SIL.
I am copy pasting the portion that is mentioned in the book “Eat this, Not that “ by David ZincZenko !!!!! The unbolded paragraph is an extract for the above mentioned book.
It clearly solves the curiosity as to why curds is so important just before doing anything stressful or important!
Nuts also have the similar calming effect, to be consumed before any stressful activity !
TO CALM DOWN
Scientists in Slovakia gave people 3 grams each of two amino acids—lysine and arginine—or a placebo, and asked them to deliver a speech. Blood measurements of stress hormones revealed that the amino acid-fortified guys were half as anxious during and after the speech as those who took the placebo. Yogurt is one of the best food sources of lysine; nuts pack loads of arginine.
So keep following the superstition but with a full bowl of curds and sugar not just a teaspoon.
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