Not everyone likes the taste of fish and teen boys often tend to lean in the direction of fast food - as in “the fastest you can prepare it and I can eat it, the better.” As a result, fish isn’t usually at the top of many teens’ food preferences. But, researchers have found that male teens who ate fish at age 15 had higher cognitive (thinking) skills than those who didn’t eat much fish or ate none at all.
It’s well known that a substance that you get from eating fish, Omega 3 EPA/DHA is good for you. So much so that you can buy supplements so you can contribute to your diet if you’re not a big fish eater. But not a lot has been known about teens and fish consumption - until now. Researchers in Sweden studied teen boys and fish consumption, and published their findings in the journal Acta Paediatrica.
The researchers studied almost 4000 15-year-old males, studying their cognitive level at age 15 and then again at age 18 years. They also looked at how much fish they consumed on a monthly basis.
They found that 58 percent of study respondents ate fish at least once a week, while 20 percent ate fish more than once a week. When the young men ate fish more than once a week, their combined intelligence scores were, on average, almost 11 percent higher than those who ate fish less than once a week. Boys who consumed fish once a week scored almost seven percent higher on their combined intelligence scores. Verbal scores were about nine percent higher than those who ate fish less than once a week and those who ate fish once a week scored about four percent higher. This same pattern was also seen in visuospatial scores, with those who ate fish more than once a week scoring about 11 percent higher than those who consumed it less than once a week.
The source of the study is Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd, but considering what we already know about fish and omega 3, this could be very helpful information.