It seems that omega-3 fish oil might not be the only thing kids need to stay on top of their studies, as research shows that breakfast can help them perform well in the classroom.

Carried out by three institutions in the UK, the study found there is a strong link between a low glycaemic index (GI), high-carbohydrate breakfasts and improved academic performance.

A total of 60 students were involved in the experiment, which concluded that maths tasks were easier among children who had enjoyed a breakfast high in carbohydrates.

Not only were they more successful during the examinations, but were also quicker and more accurate with their responses.

Dr Alan Barclay, chief scientific officer at the Glycemic Index Foundation in Australia and New Zealand, noted that breakfast is important to boost the daily nutrient intake and energy needs of students.

"It provides a more constant level of blood glucose compared with the fluctuating glycaemic response to a high GI breakfast, resulting in a smaller decline in concentration," he commented.

The latest available statistics from the National Nutrition Survey show that more than 90 per cent of children eat breakfast five or more times a week, compared to 77 per cent of adults.

Ahead of the interview, nearly all of the youngsters had eaten some food at home.

Produce eaten in this setting provided three-quarters of the energy intake for children aged between two and three years, but just 67 per cent of youngsters between eight and 11.

Once children start going to school, the survey determined that they are more likely to eat food that had been prepared at home in another environment.

Parents will find that providing children with a tasty, nutritious breakfast is easy – but they need to come up with recipes that will keep their kids going until lunchtime.

Examples include fruit smoothies, which are packed with vitamins, or even poached eggs on wholemeal toast.

Bananas are great for eating at breakfast time as they are high in naturally occurring fruit sugars that will keep kids going throughout the day, both physically and mentally.

They also make good snacks should youngsters become hungry throughout the day and because they are available in smaller sizes, they are great to put in a lunchbox for a daytime treat.

Teaching kids healthy eating habits early in life will help ensure this continues for years to come.