According to a long term study of thousands of British children's diets and IQs, diets high in saturated fat and processed sugar may be contributing to lower IQs in children. Researchers gathered diet information from parents, specifically inquiring in to the types of foods and drinks their children ate at ages 3, 4, 7 and 8.5. IQ scores were assessed by standard IQ scores at age 8.5.
Interesting findings found by the researchers include a 1.67 point decrease in IQ score in children on high fat, high sugar diets at age 3 while those on healthy diets (consisting of fruits, vegetables, fish and pasta) at age 3 had a 1.2 point INCREASE in IQ score. This shows the power of food and how we really "are what we eat".
This does not mean, necessarily, that all people who eat processed diets are not as smart as those who eat healthy diets; it does mean, though, that their children are put at higher risk for lower IQ levels if exposed to nutrient poor diets early in life. But all hope is not lost for those exposed to these less-than-ideal diets! Experts say that any changes in intellect caused by diet can likely be reversed once children change to a healthier diet.
Don't your kids deserve the best chance at life? Start with a healthy diet, filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and whole grains and give them their
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Dr. Maltz earned a Medical Degree and Master in Public Health from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, TX. She completed a combined Internal and Preventive Medicine Residency at UTMB in June, 2011. She then completed a 2-year Integrative Medicine Fellowship at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT, during which she simultaneously underwent an intensive 1000-hour curriculum created by The University of Arizona Integrative Medicine Program founded by Dr. Andrew Weil.