If children are fed a healthy diet earlier on in their lives. Instead of junk food, it can affect their IQ children who are brought up on a heavier junk food diet have slightly less low IQs, says data from the University of Adelaide.
This study headed by Dr Lisa Smithers looked at the links between eating habits of children aged six months, 15 months and two years. The research was based on data from 7000 children and looked at various dietary habits, which included home-based food and traditional food as well, as breastfeeding and ready-made baby foods and junk food.
Dr Lisa said, “We found that children who were breast-fed at six months and had a healthy diet regularly including foods such as legumes, cheese, fruit and vegetables at 15 and 24 months, had an IQ up to two points higher by age eight.”
“We found that children who were breast-fed at six months and had a healthy diet regularly including foods such as legumes, cheese, fruit and vegetables at 15 and 24 months, had an IQ up to two points higher by age eight.
“Those children who had a diet regularly involving biscuits, chocolate, sweets, soft drinks and chips in the first two years of life had IQs up to two points lower by age eight.
“We also found some negative impact on IQ from ready-prepared baby foods given at six months, but some positive associations when given at 24 months,” Dr Smithers says”.
She also went on to say that says that the results of this study show that it’s really important to give your children the right nutrition at the right age, thus forming good eating habits from an early age. She also said it’s important that we consider the long-term impact of the foods that we are eating now. It’s never too late to start your child on a healthy eating plan and the best time is when their younger, so they build healthy eating habits from a very young age.