Brain Food for Kids

It turns out that kids who are fed a healthy diet during their formative years have a slightly higher IQ.

A recent study of more than 7,000 children compared a range of dietary patterns, including traditional and contemporary home-prepared food, ready-prepared baby foods, breastfeeding, and “discretionary” or junk foods.

“We found that children who were breastfed at six months and had a healthy diet regularly including foods such as legumes, cheese, fruit, and vegetables at 15 and 24 months, had an IQ up to two points higher by age eight,” says University of Adelaide public health researcher, Lisa Smithers, RN. “Those children who had a diet regularly involving biscuits, chocolate, sweets, soft drinks, and chips in the first two years of life had IQs up to two points lower by age eight.”

Remember to consider the long-term impact of the food you feed your child, especially since the nutrients from food they eat as youngsters forms important developmental brain tissues.