A Healthy Diet Enhances IQ Levels

Tue, 08 Feb 2011

A diet of cake, chips and chocolate could adversely impact a child's intelligence, so say Bristol University researchers.

Their recent study intimates a relationship between a diet high in processed foods and a somewhat reduced IQ.

The researchers suggest that poor nutrition can affect brain development. The British Dietetic Association stated that young parents ought to be educated about healthy eating .

The researchers confirmed that three kinds of diets emerged: processed diets high in sugar, fat and convenience foods, traditional diets high in potato, meat and vegetables, and health aware diets of fruit, veg, salads and fish .

Each child took IQ tests at the age of eight and half.

A diet high in processed foods at the age of three was related to a slightly lower IQ at the age of eight and a half.

This gives rise to the understanding that it is crucial to ensure that children have a healthy diet right from the beginning, as an unhealthy diet can affect their IQ levels adversely as well as their health .
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