A new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows that a child’s diet can have a great impact on its IQ. The study found that kids who have a diet rich in veggies, fruits, berries, fish and whole grains in the first three years of school have better test results than children who have a poor diet.
Children who participated in the study were between six and eight years old, and researchers followed their growth from the first until third grade. The study involved 161 children who kept food diaries, and their academic results were measured by using standardized tests. In the study, researchers controlled variables such as socio-economic status, body type or physical activity.
The study proved that those who had a diet high in vegetables, fruits, unsaturated fats, fish and low in saturated fats, sugar, and red meat had the best results on reading tests.
According to Dr. Eero Haapala from the University of Eastern Finland, a healthy diet can have an impact on children’s academic and learning performance. A study published in the European Journal of Nutrition suggests that parents and schools should provide healthy food choices for children. Moreover, companies and governments should work more on promoting the production of healthy foods.
Gildshire Editor, Elvira Barucija