Planning on having children? You need to consider more than the time of the year, boy or girl or the color of their outfits and room. A new study from the University of Adelaide Public Health has found that the early diet that infants eat can make a noticeable difference in IQ by the time they turn eight.
Looking at more than 7,000 children and comparing a range of dietary patterns, including traditional and contemporary home-prepared food, ready-prepared baby foods, breastfeeding, and processed or junk foods, the researchers found that children fed healthy diets may have a slightly higher IQ and those eating more junk food may have a slightly reduced IQ.
This should not be surprising since it is diet that supplies nutrients needed for the development of brain. Children who were breastfed at six months followed by a healthy diet regularly including Fruit, vegetables, legumes and cheese showed an IQ up to two points higher by age eight. They also found the children who ate a diet regularly involving biscuits, chocolate, sweets, soft drinks and chips in the first two years of life had an IQ up to two points lower by the same age.
Although the differences are not huge, this study reinforces the importance of diet especially in our formative years. A healthy mother’s breast milk will never be replaced as the ideal baby food. Studies have shown that it should be continued for at least two years for maximum benefit.
This should be a major factor to consider in parental planning. TurboCharged food selections will ensure the health of the parents as well as their children and should be an integral part of planned parenthood.
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