What your kid eats does not only affect his/her weight and health but also his/ her intelligence.
Studies have shown that those kids consuming healthy diet tend to be more intelligent compared with their junk food eating counterpart. Also, a study showed that nutrition during infancy has an effect on the IQ score of kids at school age. The study compared between infants at the age of 6-24 month eating a healthy diet including fruit, vegetables, legumes, cheese, and being breastfed with infants consuming unhealthy food such as chocolate, soda, sweets, and biscuits. The unhealthiest options led to an IQ of 1-2 points lower than the healthier options for 8 years old kids.
One critical nutrient for cognitive function is Iron.
Studies have shown that iron deficiency is linked to a lower IQ score. Iron is essential for the body to manufacture an adequate number of red blood cells that transfer oxygen to body parts including the brain, without adequate supplies of iron the body ability to do so is reduced and may affect the cognitive function.
Good sources of iron include lean meat, legumes, and green leafy vegetables. Parents should focus on these food items in the diet of their kids, and we, Lina’s and Dina’s Diet Center, always try to include these items in the meals of the kids and make sure they are within their body needs.
Also, the greater your weight, the lower your IQ, say scientists
Being overweight or obese affects cognitive function and intelligence. A study showed that people with a Body Mass index of 20 or less could recall 56 percent of words in a vocabulary test, while those who were obese, with a BMI of 30 or higher, could remember only 44 percent.
That is why ensuring your kid is maintaining a healthy body weight is a necessity. We Lina’s and Dina’s Diet Center, have a special program for kids to ensure they achieve and maintain healthy body weight while meeting all their nutrient needs. To know more about the kid’s program, you can check the link below:
1-Smithers, L. G., Golley, R. K., Mittinty, M. N., Brazionis, L., Northstone, K., Emmett, P., & Lynch, J. W. (2013). Do Dietary Trajectories between Infancy and Toddlerhood Influence IQ in Childhood and Adolescence? Results from a Prospective Birth Cohort Study. PLoS ONE, 8(3), e58904.
2- Cournot, M., Marquie, J. C., Ansiau, D., Martinaud, C., Fonds, H., Ferrieres, J., & Ruidavets, J. B. (2006). Relation between body mass index and cognitive function in healthy middle-aged men and women. Neurology,67(7), 1208-1214. doi:10.1212/01.wnl.0000238082.13860.50
Edit by: Dietitian Reham