Tackling puzzles for an hour burns 90 calories: Study
London: Solving puzzles is not only a good
exercise for your brain, it also helps burn 90 calories within
an hour, a new research claims.
"Our brains require 0.1 calories every minute simply to
survive. When we do something challenging such as a puzzle or
a quiz we can burn through 1.5 calories every minute," said
lead researcher Tim Forrester from cannyminds.com.
Thus, "doing puzzles and quizzes burns an average of 90
calories every hour," Forrester was quoted as saying by Daily
Explaining the process, he said, the brain is made up of
millions of nerve cells called neurons which produces
neurotransmitters -- the chemicals used to relay signals -- to
transmit messages to the body.
Neurons extract three-quarters of sugar glucose,
available calories and a fifth of oxygen from the blood to
create neurotransmitters, he said.
So, doing difficult crosswords or challenging Sudokus
means your brain will crave more glucose and more calories
too, he added.
Hence, if you spent an hours solving puzzles, you would
have used 90 calories - which is more than that contained in a
chocolate chip cookie (56 calories) or a custard cream (57
calories) or a jammy dodger (85 calories).
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- PM Narendra Modi's speech at Heart of Asia conference
- Is population control next on central govt's agenda after demonetization?
- Gujarat: Goods train engine catches fire in Surat
- India-Afghanistan thrash Pakistan over terrorism issue in Heart of Asia conference
- Watch: Tracing the journey of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa from films to politics
- RIP Amma: Jayalalithaa dies after 75 days in hospital; Tamil Nadu mourns
- Fake or Real? 'Alien animal' caught on Karnataka-Kerala border
- People want to know whether Jayalalithaa is alive or not; PM Narendra Modi must intervene, says expelled AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa
- Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa's condition continues to remain critical after suffering cardiac arrest
- I-T department rejects declaration of Rs 2,00,000 crore made under IDS by Mumbai family