Healthy Food and Nutrition in Children Lead to Higher IQ
Well this is not exactly rocket science. Back in our ancestors day's we did not have so many childhood issues either such as ADHD and all the other non sense in my opinion and there is no need for it even today.
I will highlight what I say to every parent who brings their children into see me. A child's digestive function (Stomach, Spleen and Pancreas) is not fully functioning until the age of 8. As parents we either make or break our children. We as parents are responsible for their ailments through what we CHOOSE to put into their system later leading to all types of health issues. Children born with sickness is due to what we consumed whilst we were pregnant. People are welcome to disagree but you cannot change a fact and I am not here to be liked. What we eat also affects our spirituality and mental health hence why you will see young children running wild.
Children fed healthy diets in early age may have a higher IQ, while those on heavier junk food diets may have a slightly reduced IQ, according to new research from the University of Adelaide.
The study - led by University of Adelaide Public health researcher Dr Lisa Smithers looked at the link between the eating habits of children at six months, 15 months and two years, and their IQ at eight years of age.
The 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.
"Diet supplies the nutrients needed for the development of brain tissues in the first two years of life, and the aim of this study was to look at what impact diet would have on children's IQs," Dr Smithers says.
"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.
"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.
"We also found some negative impact on IQ from ready-prepared baby foods given at six months, but some positive associations when given at 24 months," Dr Smithers says.
Dr Smithers says this study reinforces the need to provide children with healthy foods at a crucial, formative time in their lives.
"While the differences in IQ are not huge, this study provides some of the strongest evidence to date that dietary patterns from six to 24 months have a small but significant effect on IQ at eight years of age," Dr Smithers says.
"It is important that we consider the longer-term impact of the foods we feed our children," she says.
The results of this study have been published online in the European Journal of Epidemiology.